I agree with a lot of what you have said. I'm still learning a lot as I'm fairly new to realizing my gift and what it is. I have come across things that I have feared were evil and it's refreshing to hear that maybe evil does not actually exist. I do always try to cheer up people who I sense are sad or lonely but I have to admit to shielding while I do it. And selfishly, or maybe not, I shield myself because as an empath it is hard for me not to take on these negative feelings I get from them. I wouldn't be able to help them if I felt just as lost and hopeless as they feel.