When the world is falling apart: art that gives me hope in humanity

These last few months have been tough for the world. At times like these, it's easy to believe that we're surrounded by hate and fear on every side. While my heart breaks every time I hear about another terrorist attack or hate crime, I also have a relentless hope in humanity and in our ability to overcome these struggles. Albert Einstein said that "The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe."

I believe we live in a friendly universe that is also full of fear and pain. I believe that art and creativity can help ease the fear and pain and can help show us a way through.

Here are a few things I've found on the internet lately that remind me that humanity has the capacity to be strong and beautiful, even when it seems like the world is falling apart around us.

Art that carries a powerful message of peace.

A list of books to read when nothing seems to make sense anymore.

The most beautiful comment on protecting the Arctic.

"They destroy. We rebuild." This made me cry in the most hopeful way:

The Black Lives Matter movement is inspiring some incredible art. Find just a taste of it here, here, and here.

An ambitious painting project to show the world the power of community:

This song always gives me chills, but this beautiful rendition brought tears to my eyes.

You guys, there is so much beauty, and so much potential for beauty, in us. Let's fight the darkness with that beauty, okay?

Please share anything that restores your hope in humanity by leaving a comment below.