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26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year


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#1 CherrySunday

Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:50 AM

Found this on buzzfeed.com via a friend, it had me in tears.
Oddly enough, it was 3 & 5 that made me lose it!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-tha...humanity-this-y

The world is still full of awesome people
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Edited by *Browncoat*, 16 December 2012 - 07:57 AM.


#2 leisamd

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:00 AM

yeah, i'm close to tears.  We're alright!

#3 BenevolentDictator

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:10 AM

Thank you for posting this, OP.

I'm feeling all full of the whole goodwill to humankind thing now.

#4 TinMan

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

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Loved them all especially 13.

#5 Super Cat

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

Oh #8. That little kids face just got me!

#6 SarahVandooo

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:18 AM

Made me tear up!! Gah!

Lol lovely op!!

#7 bestnot

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

Thanks OP, I kept it together till #10

#8 farfaraway

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:31 AM

I've got the blubbers. Thanks OP!

#9 BetteBoop

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

That was just beautiful. I loved them all but especially the Hurricane Sandy ones.

They really give you faith in fundamental goodness of humanity.

The parents of twins who handed out the gift bag on their flight would even get EBs tick of approval.

#10 Fright bat

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:47 AM

Really?

This sort of drivel restores faith in humanity?

You all mustn't have much faith in humanity to start off with. These are images of people doing the absolute bare minimum (except the parents of twins who shouldn't have to do that at all). Rich people buying present for kids? A doctor providing free medical services? All the absolute least I would expect.

Personally, I think the real heroes are the Bradley Manning's of the world and the Malala Yusufzai's of the world. The aid workers working in war zones, the starving parents walking hundreds of km to refugee camps to try and get their kids to some bare safety, and the ones risking their lives on a rickety boat so that their children can have a better future.

The real heroes are the underpaid teachers that bring up the next generation, the underpaid nurses who slave to take care of our elderly, the medical teams that leave their families to go on missions.

The ones really making a difference are those who spend $10 on Fair Trade chocolate and eat one bar a month instead of 5, the ones who buy Fair Trade coffee and drink less of that as well, the people who buy fewer clothes but make sure they are not made in sweatshops.

There's much in the world to inspire us... That gallery of crappy stock photos is pretty minimal standards though.



#11 Cacti

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:58 AM

Nope, apparently you've got to do even more than that to get the EB tick of approval. Oh well, humanity, try again next year.

#12 bestnot

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:58 AM

Whoops, there I was feeling all warm and fuzzy, but I forgot this is EB.

#13 Feral_Pooks

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

Seriously? It's possible to believe all those things are inspiring, and still feel touched by people going out of their way to be kind to others, in normal everyday ways. Actually, those little things are really important. We don't all have the capacity to go out into war zones tending to the sick, but we can all do those small acts of unnecessary kindness for others whose paths we cross. Our culture seems to promote self interest, and it is heartening to see people reaching out to their neighbour without personal gain.

#14 Pixar

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:13 AM

Who p*ssed in your cornflakes this morning MsN?

Don't like it? Fine, no need for the load of vitriol you wrote. Close the link. Close the thread and read something else!


After yesterdays events, anything that shows the good side of people, should be welcomed and clebrated.

Edited by Pixar, 16 December 2012 - 09:22 AM.


#15 Madeline's Mum

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:13 AM

Well that left me warm and fuzzy. I especially love the animal related ones, so often they are forgotten in times of emergency.

#16 Gossipgirl

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:18 AM

Wow MsN way to go with bringing the thread down a notch
I thought the pictures were beautiful and yes some may be what you expect of people but in this world right now you can't expect much at all.



#17 Jellyblush

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

It is important to be reminded that we are all capable of a greater level of love and humanity towards others. Yes, the examples you gave were heroes, but I am also glad to be reminded not to walk past a homeless person without shoes or getting wet, or a little boy playing alone.



#18 kirsty38

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:38 AM

I was feeling all warm and fuzzy, cried a little, and then got struck down by that post. gee thanks.

#19 ani1

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for sharing original.gif

#20 BadCat

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:57 AM

Oh pull your surly head in MsN.

Yes, some of those photos are enough to restore a little of my very shaky faith in humanity.  Recently I have seen someone shoot up a class of small children, people hound a pair of nurses who made a mistake and urge them to kill themselves, bombing, killing, rape, murder, hatred.  I have seen gross stupidity, unforgivable negligence, utter nastiness.  And I have found myself teetering on the brink of despair for a humanity that often doesn't seem deserving of space on this beautiful planet.  A small thing like this thread is enough to remind me that there are lots of people going about their ordinary lives and doing sweet and wonderful things and that the vileness that makes news is not the sum total of humanity.

If it didn't touch you in any way could you not have just closed the thread and gone on your way instead of sh*tting all over everyone else's feelings?

#21 CalEliKat

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:04 AM

Thanks BadCat, you said exactly what I wanted to although you were much more articulate than I could have been.

Edited by kerrie23, 16 December 2012 - 10:04 AM.


#22 Pixar

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:05 AM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 16/12/2012, 09:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh pull your surly head in MsN.

Yes, some of those photos are enough to restore a little of my very shaky faith in humanity.  Recently I have seen someone shoot up a class of small children, people hound a pair of nurses who made a mistake and urge them to kill themselves, bombing, killing, rape, murder, hatred.  I have seen gross stupidity, unforgivable negligence, utter nastiness.  And I have found myself teetering on the brink of despair for a humanity that often doesn't seem deserving of space on this beautiful planet.  A small thing like this thread is enough to remind me that there are lots of people going about their ordinary lives and doing sweet and wonderful things and that the vileness that makes news is not the sum total of humanity.

If it didn't touch you in any way could you not have just closed the thread and gone on your way instead of sh*tting all over everyone else's feelings?


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#23 Fright bat

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 16/12/2012, 10:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh pull your surly head in MsN.

If it didn't touch you in any way could you not have just closed the thread and gone on your way instead of sh*tting all over everyone else's feelings?


If questioning what you see on the interwebz is surly, then so be it.

If questioning whether those images are the epitomy of human goodness, or the ultimate to aspire to is sh*tting on your feelings, then so be it.

The whole point was to deflate what I see as a pretty empty source of elation. And if it worked, then all the better. Because, surely, if that truly was the epitomy of noble human character, there is nothing a faceless person can say that would deflate it.

There is real heroism in the world, in immeasurable volume. I just didn't find it in that. That doesn't mean you shouldn't. But if my criticism is enough to kill the joy... Well, that's telling.


#24 Marchioness Flea

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

i liked seeing them all, but I KEEP seeing the Sandy one with the powerboard and thinking it's a fire waiting to happen when they overload them.
The joy on the little girls face in the hospital bed was so lovely to see.



#25 leisamd

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:20 AM

No-one said these were the 'epitome of human goodness', but it's nice to see people being nice!

Just like a smile from a stranger - while not heroic or lifechanging - can lift my day.

Please, post some real heroism!  There's room for it too, I'm sure we would all love to see it!

Edited by leisamd, 16 December 2012 - 10:21 AM.





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