Past posts have included cute pep talks and virtual hugs, so you’d be excused for thinking the purpose of Trust in Humanity Tuesday is to convince you that the world is all sunshine, rainbows and free kittens. But sometimes, it’s just about pointing out that it doesn’t 100% suck (OK wait – there were a LOT of rainbows this week).
It’s been a week of massive ups and downs – here’s what’s been restoring my faith in humanity over the last seven days.
It would be impossible to go past this one. Even though I was born with the privilege of never having to worry about my love being legal, I loved waking up to the sea of rainbow profile pictures when same-sex marriage was passed across the USA – even friends who I believed to be very conservative were showing their colours in support. A lot of Australians are bummed that we’re one of the last “Western” countries to pass marriage equality, but hey – something like 30 million more people are now allowed to marry who they want (and the Westboro Baptist Church is upset), so that’s not anything but a good thing. I am so happy for you all.
2. The “human shield”
I didn’t know if I was going to include this or not, and I chose not to include that infamous, moving photo. What happened at Sousse was horrific, and when I found out that first name, I felt sick for the rest of the day. But I was blown away by the Tunisians who are being called a “human shield.” A group of local men realised that the gunman was only targeting those who were clearly foreigners. They could have run the other way to be safe all the same, but instead they formed a line and stood in front of the tourists. When something like this happens it’s easy to generalise, but it’s important to realise that evil people are the exception – not the rule – in any culture.
3. My brother
My little brother is a good person. I think that’s a term that gets thrown around too often, but he deserves it. When he finished high school, he spent most of the next year volunteering at an incredible school in Cambodia called Feeding Dreams, and even though he’s back home, he’s still supporting the organisation and people he believes in so strongly. He explains their wonderful work much better, so click here to hear about it in his words, and donate to the school if you have a few spare dollars. Every $100 means 600 meals for the kids, while $160 will support one of their teachers for a month.
Did anything restore your faith in humanity this week? Share below 🙂
– Jessi xx