At the beginning of each week, I try to post something inspiring. There’s a whole lot of funny going on in the blogsophere this morning, so I encourage you to go get your dose of it. These posts I write are designed to be a bit more serious, deep — that kind of thing.
Humanity: all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind; the quality or condition of being human; human nature; the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
I’m not one of those 24/7 news watchers because I’ve been in that entertainment/journalistic world and I know what drives ratings, but I do tune in when the idiot box allows some little snippet of goodness and it was this:
A wreck happened in Mississippi. One of those places that have the label of being “racist.” A reporter from the Associated Press was on his way to an assignment and he witnessed an SUV that ran off the road with two sisters in it. More than two dozen people stopped to help. The reporter and others hailed down other people and a cement truck came along just in time to wash the flames off the truck that otherwise would have killed the two women, the De Monte sisters, inside.
Here’s what the reporter from the Associated Press said:
“It never occurred to me to go into journalist mode until the fire was knocked down. I knew she was safe so I went and got the cameras. The car accident is not news to the AP, but this clearly was an amazing heroic effort by all these people and I wanted to document it.
“I was so humbled. It was just amazing to be with this group of people, and to see what they did. It was just unbelievable. It turned out to be a beautiful day instead of a tragic day. Afterward, there were a lot of congratulatory handshakes and back slapping.
“It was really powerful to see all these people saving someone from dying. It was amazing.”
Of course the story doesn’t go into whether these people were “liberal” or “conservative.” And when they all came together to help, I bet none of them were thinking about that either.
The Point to ALL This
Those of you who’ve been reading my posts for awhile, probably know what I’m about. I believe in kindness, respect and love for all. I believe that a person should be able to love, marry and have a family whatever their nationality, creed, color, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and all that.
I’ve been through some serious stuff in my life and I’ve been on this earth for awhile. I’ve moved around and lived in plenty of different places and I’ve observed a lot. All places are the same. There’s some who get it and some who don’t.
I’ve had the good fortune to work with St. Jude and Ronald McDonald House. Doctors, patients, families who come from everywhere, all over the world and every kind of belief and lifestyle. None of that mattered. They were just focusing on trying to save their child’s life. That’s it. Just love. Humanity.
What bothers me is when anyone, whether they believe in the literal sense of religion or whether they don’t are spewing out hatred, belittling someone because of their beliefs. And I don’t mean the humorous stuff — I mean the venomous separateness that still goes on, today in the freaking 21st century.
I grew up in the South. I know about discrimination, but I was brought up to be on the side of doing what was right and we know what those things are. Many Southerners believed and believe that way Shockingly, I still find myself having to explain that not everyone from the South is a gun-toting racist. I used to get angry about that. I don’t anymore, but I find it so disheartening to think that people, now, as far as we’ve come, still hang on to those tired, old misinformed stereotypes.
I don’t know every extreme “leader” that spews out a horrible diatribe against people of different lifestyles and beliefs. I don’t like to watch or listen to them and the same goes for those on the opposite “side” who belittle and berate them right back with the very same venom.
I know that a utopian society can’t exist, but I do think something better than this can. The generation following us looks to us to know how to act. It matters how we treat one another.
Hatred, from whatever side it’s coming from, is not the way we move forward. It’s up to us to show our humanity — love and respect, despite our differences. I would think that’s one thing we can agree on — we all have the right to believe how we believe.
Maybe I’m naive but I’d like to think we can stand up for our beliefs and speak our passions with a kind heart and cool head. But then again, I’m been told my entire life — “You’re so sensitive! or You’re too sensitive!”
But I like sensitive, so I think I’m just gonna own it.
Happy Monday everyone and enjoy a song about humanity.
The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. — Kalu Kalu