There is quite a bit of ugliness coming out. The way I square is with a historical perspective. Considering all the shenanigans mankind has pulled, the hate and lack of empathy flying around now is probably a more accurate reflection of who we really are as a species, than are more positive attributes that some of us have grown accustomed to believing innate. I think Steinbeck had it pretty much backwards in East of Eden:
"We have only one story. All novels, all poetry, are built on the never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil. And it occurs to me that evil must constantly respawn, while good, while virtue, is immortal."
As far as man goes it's probably good that must "respawn." We're lucky to have lived in a tiny sliver of history where a handful of ideas had enough of a hold to momentarily pull ourselves towards a better version of what we can be. As a philosopher who failed the moral test of his time put it, "only a God can save us."