I have reached the conclusion that more times than not I see the world through rose-colored glasses. I want to believe that people are genuinely good. I want to believe that people care about other people and will do the right thing more than not. More and more these days I am proven wrong, and it leaves me feeling utterly dejected and astonished.
By now it shouldn’t surprise and shock me. The lack of humanity in the world is on display in the news everyday. I just allow myself to see that as the exception and not the rule. I guess I don’t want to admit just how much ugly there is out there.
But then you see something that gives you a slap across the face. The glasses come off and you are blind-sided by the sheer disgust of reality. That which you believe to be the exception is actually the norm. I had one of those moments after watching this video. It left me in tears for more than one reason - the vileness I see in the folks who unashamed took something they clearly didn’t need and the compassion of one person who clearly had a need but was willing to only take what he felt was necessary so that others could also take what they needed.
Once upon a time...
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