American and have lived in east London for over ten years.
I think everyone is born good, and that it's the things we experience in life that make us what we are (with the exception of 1% of the population who are statistically psychopaths - but that's a different issue). Compassion and empathy with those less fortunate or different to us, therefore, are what's required to make sure we all get along. I believe in human progress(ion), but in its name we've become too distant from what feeds us, materially and spiritually. The rape of the planet is a symptom of that detachment, and whilst on many levels it seems like we're doomed, I'm an eternal optimist and think good will prevail.