5 Things That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.
I know I’m not alone in feeling entirely helpless today; the sinking feeling and tremors of panic that come with another heinous news story are something we’ll all be familiar with after waking up this morning. Sadly, this feels almost like a regular occurrence – though not any less painful or shocking, it feels like I am forever reading and hearing about only these sad updates day after day.
I thought I’d do something completely different today – like, totally unheard of on these pages different. I wanted to inject a little positivity in to the weekend, as I’m certain we’re all consumed by last nights events. If you’re feeling heavy-hearted about humanity right now, perhaps some of these news stories can help you regain some faith in the world…
01. If you’re an active Twitter user, no doubt you saw a lot of tweets with the hashtag #PorteOuverte; This was used by Parisians who were offering a safe place for anyone in need of shelter. #PorteOuverte, meaning ‘open door’, was soon trending, with compassionate Parisians tweeting their location.
This morning I also saw that #TerrorismHasNoReligion was trending, which is so comforting to see during a time like this. Sometimes I get so sick of social media, but things like this really make it worthwhile.
02. So, if we’re going to do uplifting stories, please can they involve dogs? I saw this story on Reddit this week, Greg Mahle is an American man who has saved 30,000 stray dogs in the last ten years, by driving almost 4000 miles a week. Since there’s such a large amount of strays in the Southern parts, where often the stray dogs are euthanised to make space, Greg has worked with shelters in the area to take doggy road trips north to New York and Ohio, where the pups will find their forever homes. His non-profit is called Rescue Road Trips, and it’s incredible – such a lovely thing to dedicate your life to.
03. One of the most touching stories I came across this week happened in Manchester, when Police Constable Stu Ockwell was called to the house of an elderly couple after responding to their 999 call. After arriving, he realised that they weren’t hurt, but rather they were lonely and needed some comfort. The couple, Fred and Doris Thomson, are both 95 years old. Fred had recently gone blind and Doris was struggling to care for him. Realising they were phoning out of desperation, the officer made them a cup of tea and had a chat with them. Stories like this break my heart, as I wonder how many other people are out there feeling alone. Uplifting, inspiring but also SO upsetting! Here’s some information on how you can help combat loneliness.
04. Another viral find I was introduced to this week was this documentary by Freewheel Stories, a production duo that cycle around the world to find undiscovered stories the world has to offer. I came across A Syrian Story About The Future, which records conversations the pair had with Syrian Refugees whilst in Istanbul earlier this year. The short film really tells the story of the Syrian people – detailing them as real humans in the face of something so big. It’s humbling, they are so unsure of their future but so full of hope. It’s one of the most inspiring and moving thing I’ve discovered this year.
05. This story was in the news this week, it follows the work of GoBeKind, an organisation that helps to encourage acts of kindness. While touring the US, they came across single dad James Moss and his young son Zhi – both homeless after their plans to move to New York for James’ new job had fallen through. The man behind GoBeKind, Leon, talks to James about his situation – uploading the exchange to his YouTube channel. After the video went live, someone thought to set up a GoFundMe page for James and Zhi, which is sitting at over $50,000! Humans are awesome.
You can read more about GoBeKind here.
Hopefully this has inspired you a little – anyone else seen any uplifting stories lately?