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If you have God, you have hope; if you have your humanity, you have a good way with other humans.

That our humanity may be erased or twisted by malignant souls indicates the persistence of a vulnerability species-wide. If we were talking about bacteria, toxic chemicals, or viruses, we’d have fewer problems with the conversation, but we’re talking about mind and mentality, and with them relationships between the earth, our biology, our cultures, our languages, and, ultimately, a part of our own extraordinary individual and communal programming.

In that light, the least the good can do — the labels don’t matter — is not kill the good, and, in fact, spare the good in others and encourage its greater development and presence everywhere.