In desperate times, how can we can experience the best and worse of humanity?

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I think desperate times bring out the best in people but they also bring out a dark side.  We tend to stand together and help one another during desperate times.  People draw closer together over shared experiences and needs.  For instance, we see people working together to help those who have been laid-off or cannot find work in this withering economy.  People also tend to become inherently selfish in desperate times.  They can become so consumed by their own desires and needs that they forget to consider others.  There is often an increase in violence, theft, and crime during desperate times.  Different people react to desperation in different ways.  It is possible to see both the best side of humanity and the worst side brought out by the same situation.

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