The email below was sent to me by my son. Thomas It may qualify as glurge but what the hell, we can all do with uplifting moments when the news is full of wars, intolerance, bullying, crime, corruption and cyncicism. Random moments of kindness and goodness still happen and, when they do, they have the ability to make us feel positive about ourselves, about others and about the future. Maybe people are intrinsically good after all, not simply a mass of selfish, aggressive and hostile instincts of the id. And when those moments happen they shine for all of us, like the sun rays coming through storm clouds. One example: Last week 54 year old grandfather Barry Eastwood went to his bank in Manchester and withdrew 1,000 pounds (£1,000) to pay his car insurance. Mr Eastwood had retired from work, having sustained a number of heart attacks. He is also suffering from bowel cancer. As he left the bank with the money in his hand, he fell, hurting his hand and breaking his spectacles. The money slipped from his hand and was blown away by a strong wind, leaving him with only £60. Bystanders began clutching at the money, on the ground and in the air. Mr Eastwood got to his feet and said to himself “That’s it, you’ve lost it all.” Feeling saddened and depressed, he went and sat in his car. To his surprise, people began knocking on the window and putting crumpled notes in his lap. Most of the people were teenagers who also enquired as to his health and asked whether he was feeling okay. He received it all back but for £20. Mr Eastwood’s comment: “It has given me a sense that all is not lost and that there is still some decency in this world.”
Here is the email that I received:
21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
People aren't always awful. Sometimes, they're maybe even just a little bit wonderful.
Here are 21 pictures to remind you of that fact.
1. This picture of Chicago Christians who showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church.
(Michelle Gantner / Maladjusted Media)
... and the reaction from the parade.
(Michelle Gantner / Maladjusted Media)
2. This story about Japanese senior citizens who volunteered to tackle the nuclear crisis at Fukushima power station so that young people wouldn't have to subject themselves to radiation.
3. This picture of two Norwegian guys rescuing a sheep from the ocean.
4. This sign at an awesome bookshop.
5. This poll about what Snooki should name her child.
6. The moment in which this Ohio athlete stopped to help an injured competitor across the finish line during a track meet.
17-year-old Meghan Vogel was in last place in the 3,200-meter run when she caught up to competitor Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of running past her to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel put McMath's arm around her shoulders, carried her 30 meters, and then pushed her over the finish line before crossing it.
Image by The Daily Call, Mike Ullery / AP
7. This exchange between a 3-year-old girl and a shopping center.
8. This note that was handed to a waiter along with a $20 bill by an elderly lady in his restaurant.
9. This sign at an awesome Subway restaurant.
10. This picture of a villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during floods in Cuttack City, India.
Image by Biswaranjan Rout / AP
11. This sign at an awesome drycleaner's.
Plaza Cleaners in Portland, OR, helped over 2,000 unemployed workers who couldn't afford dry cleaning. The store's owner estimated that it cost his company $32,000 dollars.
13. This picture of a firefighter administering oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire.
14. And this one.
Image by Chris Butler / AP
15. This interaction between a Guatemalan girl and a tourist she just met.
16. This gesture from a neighbor.
17. These photos of two children collaborating to rescue a dog who had fallen into a ravine.
18. This note on a young family's check.
19. This exchange between a protester and a soldier during a protest in Brazil.
20. These pictures of a man jumping into rough waters to rescue a stranger's Shih Tzu in Melbourne.
Sue Drummond was walking her beloved Shih Tzu, Bibi, on a pier in Melbourne, when a fierce gust of wind picked him up and hurled him into the rough waters of the bay. A passerby, Raden Soemawinata, who happened to be on the pier that day to scatter his grandmother's ashes, wasted no time in stripping down and diving into the bay to rescue the animal.
(Photos: Chris Scott)
21. And this photograph of two best friends on a swing.