Some 25,000 people marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday to protest recent attacks against Jews in the New York area.

If you’ve been a Monitor reader for a while, you are probably aware that spinning through the heart of this organization is the pursuit of stories that find hope and humanity even in seemingly hopeless places – such as war-torn Syria where Dominique Soguel has found ways to penetrate the violence to discover people who possess boundless resilience and strength of spirit.

Francine Kiefer explains the key to how she lasted for five years covering Congress: You must seek out the humanity in others.

Why do films like ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ urge us to rejoice in the death of the wicked? “Nasty woman!” hunter Ken Wheatley (Ted Levine) says of Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) after she says something defiant to him from her makeshift prison cell in the back of his truck. Wheatley has already shot a man with tranquilizers and left him for dead on an island with an active volcano and wild, roaming predators. He has threatened to murder a medical biologist if she doesn’t save a valuable specimen that has been shot. He is part of a business scheme…

Insights from some of her heroes, like John Calvin and the Puritans, would help round out the picture. Marilynne Robinson is in awe of humanity. “Properly speaking, we are the stuff of myth,” she enthuses in her fourth essay collection, What Are We Doing Here? Open the book to almost any page, and your eye will land on sentences like that. Human beings possess a “splendid dignity,” she says at one point. Our preserving literacy and practicing scholarship are “a spectacular demonstration of the capacities of the human mind,” she says at another. The kind of creativity, intelligence, and eloquence…