One thing that is true of mankind is that we pull together in the face of tragedy. Whether faced with a natural disaster, or an act of violence, communities unite and help one another through the destruction. It’s times like this that, for many us, our faith in mankind is restored. It shows us that there are still good people in the world who are willing to risk their lives to save others. While I’m touched to see the heartwarming stories of first responders, teachers, friends, and neighbors giving their all to make a difference, I’m also left with question that saddens me.
Why does it take a tragedy for so many to reach out and show kindness to others?
Sadly, it surprises me when a stranger shows me kindness. Instead, I’ve become accustomed to rudeness, bullies in schools, road rage, selfishness, violence, etc. What would our world look like if we cared about our neighbors all the time the way we care about them after a tragedy? How much happier would we all be if we took time to serve others rather than constantly focus on ourselves?
I’m thankful for the outpouring of love and assistance Oklahoma is receiving, I only wish we could see this type of compassion on a regular basis.