You know what I’d like to see between the videos of ice-bucket challenges—as useful as they’ve been in bringing attention to ALS?
In the midst of the uproars and scandals saturating our screens and airwaves, I want to be reminded of the goodness of mankind. It’s there. It’s alive. Those buckets are a start, but…
I want to see videos of simple acts of kindness. I want to read reports of gestures of grace. Of words that heal. Of purposes that soothe and elevate humanity.
I want to see them celebrated and shared on social media. As we grapple with realities that threaten our trust in each other, can we throw some witnessed-hope over the embers of despair? We are better than cruel. So much more than angry and corrupt.
What have you seen—who have you seen—blanketing desperation with love?
- Restaurants handing out food to the homeless.
- Doctors treating the mentally ill with dignity.
- College students donating their time to grueling humanitarian projects.
- Police officers stopping to assist someone who didn’t ask for help.
- Mothers lavishing attention on a child that never seems to get enough.
- Fathers teaching their sons to be compassionate men.
- Children setting up lemonade stands to donate the funds to the less fortunate.
- Teachers staying late to tutor a student who isn’t keeping up.
- Missionaries saying goodbye to loved ones to serve others across the globe.
- Writers using words to influence The Powers in a rational way.
- Journalists reporting facts regardless of their popularity.
- Politicians squandering another term to do the right thing.
- Pastors pointing out the sin without rejecting the sinner.
- Citizens using their wealth to invest in despondent communities.
That’s what I want to see wedged in between buckets of ice-water. The same kind of reporting focused on broader, richer, just-as-desperately-needed endeavors—the outrageous beauty of words, gestures and spirits bent on good.
Will you join the conversation? What have you seen or heard this week that has restored your trust in humanity, even in a small way? Post in the comments space below, directly on my Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll transfer your comment for you.
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