Under all the noise, the violence, and the hate, it's amazing how much at least 90% of us agree on. Most people would not take anything from your house, even if it wasn't locked. The vast majority, all over the world, wants the same things: dignified work that pays enough for a dignified life; safe neighborhoods, accessible healthcare, and a good education for all kids; clean air and water, a loving community, and a secure old age. And regardless of what electoral system we may support, we all want some basic freedoms, politicians who don't steal, and laws that apply equally to every citizen. Just like the ocean is miles deep and storms only affect its surface, the things that most of us agree on vastly outweigh our differences. Deep down many of us know this. What's missing is a good way to express this and act on it.
Unfortunately, love and hate are not symmetric. Hate is easy. Love is hard. Any loser can hate, but loving well takes courage. Hate gets a lot of attention, love less so. Kill someone, and you'll get a thousand headlines. Kiss someone, and no one cares. There is no obvious solution for this, but at least we can notice the challenge and tip the scales whenever and however we can.
If we defined an idealist as "a practical dreamer who wants to help build a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives," would you say you are one?
Acts of kindness or generosity don't need to go on display or be praised. It should be enough to know that we've made a difference.