I was having a discussion with a friend the other night, and it surfaced that he and I have somewhat diverging views on people and life in general. I am of the opinion that people are inherently good, and that they will almost always act in a compassionate way towards their fellow man. They only act differently under abnormal circumstances (not the topic of this thread). I've come to this world view because in all the travelling I've done, it's been confirmed over and over. Everywhere I've went complete strangers have shown me kindness, respect and compassion. My friend, poor lad, is in the middle of a job that is essentially the service industry. He has to work with untrained people earning minimum wage and his clients are never at their best. He subsequently does not share my view that the world is kind and good; he thinks it's full of mouth-breathing retards who have no work ethic to speak of. Focus: Are you an optimist or a pessimist? How do you think your outlook on the world affects your experience of it?