Simple Human Acts Now Treated As Extraordinary Events
A grocer lets an autistic teen help him stack shelves.
A homeless man returns diamond ring to engaged woman.
Man walks 3 miles each day to work.
These headlines fill our social media news feeds. The news is filled with humans being praised as going to great extremes to do things that were once considered normal human activities. Videos of simple acts of kindness go viral as women 'can't even' and men put down their cold drink to watch a black teen walk an elderly white woman across the street. They then click on the link to the GoFundMe account and give the young man $20 for being such an awesome person. The teen is now $654,782 richer because he took the 90 seconds to walk across the street with a stranger.
"We are just seeing the most amazing things these days," says Sandy Baker, a social media addict who runs an acts of kindness non-profit when she isn't watching tear-jerking videos. "After thousands of years of slavery, patriarchy, and greed, we are now seeing humans becoming humans. I see a picture of a white police officer giving directions to a black man and I am like, 'Yaaasss!!!' It is like the human race is finally adulting. The other day I saw where someone paid for the health inspection and food license for a couple of kids whose lemonade stand had been shut down by codes, and I was like, 'Those are my favorite humans.'"
Baker's grandfather doesn't understand how ordinary acts of humanity excite his granddaughter so much. "When we were kids, we just did nice things. It was nothing to help your neighbor rebuild their house after a fire. We survived on beans and rice for years. And if a hobo showed up at the door, mama fixed another place at the table. That was normal life. We didn't make the news for being nice. I walked three miles to school. We played with kids of other ethnicities. We returned lost money to its proper owner. We worked alongside people with mental handicaps. Now you get a parade and a new car if you help a cat out of a tree."