A large city offers a cornucopia of ways to lose faith in human nature. Queueing for just about anything, driving in heavy traffic, or competing for the last seat on the train, to take a few examples, seem to bring out the reptile brain and people are often stupendously, disproportionately snarky to one another. But at the beach on New Year’s Eve, everyone was happy and kind; it was crowded but no one bumped into anyone. The people simply were better than usual.
Here is what it looked like (to keep things simple I did not paint every person on the beach – apologies to all whom I deleted).