I'm the Slime Coming Out of your Inter-Net
I guess I think people are neither good nor bad but complex -- they reflect their experiences and environment as well as their personalities. It’s why I liked The Good Place so much (and probably why I keep re-watching it) -- people being good because they’re placed in environments that encourage or maybe just allow them to be good (or bad), that’s exactly what I think happens.
I agree that immersion in a fear media is startlingly destructive, changing actual political reality (negatively) even as it depicts a hellscape that doesn’t exist.
Not buying.... No matter how cynical I get when I'm tired and grouchy. I do believe in my heart of hearts that people are good, for the most part. And I love what you told Alyssa about being kind. I've told her and Alex the same thing. I'm so happy you are a part of their lives.