Even though circumstances may lead you to believe otherwise
In the current state of the world — with the coronavirus pandemic coupled with the worldwide unrest that was sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May — one would think that civility, respect and caring for our fellow human has completely gone by the wayside.
It isn’t hard to believe this, and this pessimistic view of people and the world at large is fanned by the various media in the stories they print or air on the news. You would come to this conclusion, depending on the media which you consume. Or which stories you choose to focus on: the good news, or the bad news.
Some people, the eternal pessimists/doomsayers, will say “there isn’t any ‘good news.’” Since i prefer to live on the brighter side of the street — and thus focus my attention on the good in people and the world — I’m here to point out that yes, there IS still good news in the world, and there ARE still good, caring, helpful people. Take the following example:
The other day I read an article in our daily newspaper about an older White man from a small (and all-white) Minnesota community who went “above and beyond the call of duty” so to speak to help out a Black woman who had a flat tire on her trailer while passing through said small town.
This man came upon the woman, saw her troubles and immediately came to her assistance, buying her lunch and also the items she needed to fix her tire and get her back on the road again. The article included quotes by the Black woman on how grateful she was for all his help, and ended with he White man saying, to the effect that, “we are all people, no matter what color we are, and we need to help one another.”
Wow. Pretty profound. And yet very true. Some people get it, and I’m happy to note that one of them is a 76-year-old White man who lives in a small town in my state (which is well-known by now for its ingrained racism and intolerance to “minorities”). Surely he isn’t the only one. Although my state — Minnesota, in the upper Midwest U.S. — is known for not-so-good things, there ARE still decent, kind, caring people here … as this story reminds us.