Is it not great when we peel away the animal in us that we see how some of us react with kindness and others with violence. :thumb:In a world of so much bad news, it is important to also hear about the good.
I could not be more eloquent than Paul Kearney, who wrote these appropriately beautiful words in the comments of the hyperlinked story:
"I am truly touched by these, and hope that more of us stand up, to the extremists, who are trying to hijack our world. We see so much extreme actions, and hear hate filled rhetoric, ad nauseum, good men must do something, or freedom means nothing."
(From the story)
"7. This teen showed what happens when you respect even those who hate you.
In June of 1996 in Ann Arbor, a fairly liberal town in southeastern Michigan, the Ku Klux Klan scheduled a rally at city hall. When locals heard the news, 300 protestors, including Keshia Thomas, then 18 years old, turned up to to counter the KKK. A mere 17 Klansmen participated in the rally, grossly outnumbered by the protestors. When one white supremacist got mixed in with the counter-demonstration, the event turned violent, with the KKK member falling to the ground getting kicked and beaten with sticks.
People shouted "Kill the Nazi," and it could have turned deadly if not for Thomas, who jumped on top of the man to protect him from the mob's blows. She very well could have saved the life of a man who was there to actively promote hate of people like her -- a man who might not have cared whether she herself lived or died."
No one is truly good or evil but shades of grey (not talking about mental disorders here) that most news outlets just don't report. Since Murdoch and his cronies figured out there was more money in pushing hatred from the fringes all we get on the news is just that, one group agains another. Yet all around us different people helping each other are marginalized.
We need more news of people helping each other, but I am wishful thinking and I guess I will take what I can get and keep doing what I have always done, think first before reacting from fear or anger.