I've considered officially converting to UU and calling myself a Christian-influenced UU, but not going to church (church just isn't really for me), but I had a rather large complication. I read some stuff on the website, and it seems, well... too optimistic for someone like me. I am a realist who realizes problems in the world and doesn't rely on religion as a crutch to escape those problems. I can love and try to change the world, but I don't think it will really do too much. The leaders are all corrupt and tyrannical, and the corporations are too greedy. All people care about are simple things: money, sex, power, fun. I find it very difficult to live in a world such as this, but I suffice somehow. Anyway, changing the world with love and promoting well-being and harmony for all seems to be central to UU. I fully believe I should love others, and promote well-being, but I don't think it will really do much in the end. People are too blinded by their petty desires. Some call me cynical. Some call me pessimistic. I am probably a mix of both, but I am also a mix of both realism and idealism. So, how do my beliefs on human nature and human interaction figure into Unitarian Universalism?