Kindness in the Midst of Disaster
2013/09/26 14:48

When thinking about events that “evoke kindness” in the world, the last thing that normally comes to mind is violence, guns, and death, but in moments of tragedy, the kindness of others can be truly inspiring.

People, as a whole, are evolving with the times. I have heard many members of the older generations talk about how safe the world was when they were young –   how they never thought twice about sending the kids to school on their own, store clerks were not behind glass (in fact, they knew you on a first name basis), and the simple threat of “telling your father” was enough to stop children from doing wrong.  That is not the world that we live in any longer.

Our world seems much faster, more dangerous, and honestly, a lot scarier.  But amidst all of this negativity in the news, and the horrific events that have come to define the current generation (i.e. 9/11, school shootings, Boston bombings, the list goes on…) there are still people out there who believe in the core value of kindness. People who, no matter their surroundings, put others first, and risk their lives at the slim chance of saving another. These are the people who truly “Generate Kindness.”  These are the people who rarely make the news, but when they do, it makes your heart smile a little bit, knowing that kindness DOES still exist.

The shootings at the Naval base in Washington DC pulled on the heartstrings of people from every corner of the world. It was a sad event, and like many of the other tragedies of the past decade, one that didn’t need to happen.

I’m not sure that I would have been thinking about others around me while shots rang out from down the hall. I might have been running for my life – that’s right, MY life. Apparently, kindness is stronger than fear, than the survival instinct we are granted at birth. Just ask Omar Grant, a civilian employee who was working on the first floor of the naval base that day.

 “We heard three more shots and that’s when people started running out of the building and getting the hell out of there.”

 While others ran for the exits, Mr. Grant took a coworker, identified only as “Linwood,” by the arm and carefully led him to safety.

This man knew that there was a gunman shooting people very close to where he was standing, and instead of following the rest of the crowd and running for his life, he thought of his coworker – who was visually impaired and used a walking stick – and HIS life. That, ladies and gentleman, is true kindness.

Although I have much hope that you never see yourself in a situation as scary and dire as these men and women, I do challenge you. I challenge you to ask yourself what you can do to “generate kindness” in your house, community, state… even planet. All it takes is one person to stand up and have a little more bravery than the crowd, and perhaps the masses will follow. Redirect the crowd into a path of being kind, and who knows, maybe we can resurrect a little of the “good” the world used to know.

Washington Navy Yard shootings: Hero Navy worker leads blind colleague to safety–hero-navy-worker-leads-blind-colleague-to-safety-150418802.html#of9d78X

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