Tag Archives: Humanity

I’m Inspired by the Goodness of Children

Here is a post on this Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SyrianAmericanMedicalSociety  Since I cannot link to the post:

10154498_659161060800365_5876937656213186829_nMeet Adam, an amazing four-year-old boy. He asked his family and preschool classmates to purchase educational supplies for displaced Syrians instead of buying him birthday presents. Look at what he will give to Syrian children!

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The differences between Humans and Animals

duck slideI love this video of ducks riding down a water slide.

 

And then recently, I saw a story about research with rats.  When one rat is trapped in an uncomfortable trap, a second rat will learn to free the trapped rat.  They will do this generous act even before enjoying a tasty chocolate treat.  Not only that, they will share the chocolate rather than hoard it for themselves.  I have not clearly defined the word compassion for myself, but I think this is a decent example of animals showing compassion for each other and another one’s suffering.

And what can we learn from monkeys about how we use money, how we view equality,   ?  See this short video reaction of monkeys getting unfair trade values, or listen to this TED Talk by Laurie Santos for a more detailed description of this research.

So what makes us different?  The only thing I have heard of being different so far, human’s have the ability to recognize their weaknesses and create a tool to overcome them.  But I wouldn’t say we have mastered that yet.

Boston Strong!

The past month has been full of remembrance, thanks and gratitude for all we have in life.  Everyone experienced the marathon bombing and the BostonStrongRibbonfiery capture of the culprits differently.  We’re all processing it the meaning of these events and affected by them in a unique way.

Fortunately, such events bring out the best in humanity and the beauty of life.  Sometimes we need these reminders.

  • Steven Tyler and Joe Perry dedicate this version of Dream On to the people in Boston
  • There are so many stories of survival and how people came together to support each other, and forming lasting bonds.

It strikes me, the reason that so many good people are caught up by these tragedies is because most people are good and it’s just a few bad ones who can cause so much pain.

Easter is a great day to recognize the power of hope and determination.  Weather we are challenging ourselves to run 26.2 miles, or to better our lives through education, improving the lives of others through service, coping with the loss of a loved one, or learning to walk with a prosthesis. We’re all connected, we’re all bound together through experience and this wild ride called life.

If Hate and Prejudice is Taught, then Love and Acceptance can be Taught too

AM.jpg-25f11a2331401bc3747794c9315ffe28It’s sad when people are so consumed by hate, that they don’t even recognize love.

In response to a group of religious fanatics carrying signs of hatred towards certain people, the yellow banner in this photo was created to give a positive alternative for people’s viewing.  After the pastor of the religious group passed away, protestors held up the white banner to offer their condolences for the baptist congregation.  Some of the church members are so filled with hate, they don’t even understand the meaning of the white banner and it’s significance.

If we can teach this level of hatred toward others that they would hold up signs of criticism in public, surely we must be able to teach an equal amount of love.  The yellow and white signs are the first step in that teaching.