After Boston: 4 reasons you shouldn’t give up on humanity
By Richard HallModified: April 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm •
Published: April 18, 2013
It’s been less than five months since our hearts were saddened by the news of innocent children being massacred. It’s been just a few months since a man named Christopher Dorner went on the attack in California. And it’s been less than a week since a pair of explosions rocked the Boston Marathon, injuring dozens and killing several.
As Oklahomans, we know the face of evil and, as Americans, we’ve seen such evil brought to justice. But as members of the human race, we know we are capable of better and that the good outweighs the bad.
It’s a topsy turvy world, but that’s always been true. And it’s times like these that we remember there is still good in this world, that good people will always exist and that you shouldn’t give up on humanity.
4. Complete strangers care about you
The Internet might be a shady place to some, but beacons of light are more frequent than you think.
Think about all of the strangers you come into contact with every day: The bus driver, the guy standing behind you at your favorite coffee shop, the teenage kid working at your neighborhood grocery store, and the woman calling to remind you about that upcoming dentist appointment you’ve been putting off.
You probably think you don’t have a connection to any of them.
But you do.
You all have a vested interest in the world you live in and the people you share it with. It’s why people donate their blood, their hair, their money, their time — it’s why people care about you even if they don’t personally know you.
Just think about the Internet for a second. What’s the first thing about it that comes to your mind? Maybe email and social media. Maybe your favorite websites and fantasy leagues. No matter what you think about, there’s one thing in common: It connects you to the world, and to strangers.
You know why they make these apps, right? So you don't have to take the computer into the bathroom with you.
Anonymous stepped in and used their skills and resources to find the names of teenagers allegedly involved in the rape. They threatened to release the names if the police didn’t act on the case. So act the police did.
The Parsons family. It took a group of strangers to light a fire.
Love them or hate them, Anonymous did something inherently good, something we can all understand: They stood up for someone they didn’t know when no one else would, and they did it the best way they knew how.
Then there’s reddit, and the redditors. They did something great when they sent a sick little girl named Alexis Blackburn more than one hundred get well cards, all because they wanted to show their support. The act was so moving, reddit created a “get well” section that gives users a chance to send love and happiness to anyone around the world.
Alexis Blackburn gives thanks to the more than 130 redditors who sent her get well cards.
There’s also the story of Aaron Collins and his legacy. He died young and his last wish was for a restaurant server get a $500 tip. This video went viral last year, and Collins’ family is now traveling the nation to give $500 tips in every state, thanks to donations made by strangers on the Internet.
Richard Hall is a newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.