In the midst of this epidemic, has your faith in mankind been restored?… at least a little bit? I mean… people are kinder… gentler toward each other. Every day… almost every minute you see some act of kindness. People are giving of themselves to others. Throughout time, ordinary people have stepped up to do extraordinary things… ordinary people becoming extraordinary heroes.
Before you read on, click on the Youtube link below and let it play in the background.
Read more about this video and music at the bottom of the page.
Today’s hero doesn’t fit the mold we’ve come to expect… or do they? We’ve come to expect a hero to be someone in uniform that goes into danger. But take away the uniform and what do you have? A mostly ordinary person who is put in a situation and decides they are going to make a difference.
Usually, it isn’t the Generals, Police, or Fire Chief leading the way into danger. More often than not it’s the low ranking, low paid “soldier” down in the trenches. Today’s soldier is the one that delivers your mail, packages, or groceries to your door. It’s the truck drivers delivering TP to your store. (Hurry up… I’m almost out.) They are taking a chance exposing themselves when the rest of us are “hunkered down.”
Those that are wearing uniforms are still out there too. The military, police and firefighters are still on duty… answering the call in the face of new danger. Then too, some are wearing uniforms we don’t ordinarily think of as “soldiers.” Nurses, doctors, orderlies are especially on the “front lines.” They are the soldiers in the middle of the battle.
Most of them will say, I was just doing my job… or it was the right thing to do. Today, in every walk of life, we see people stepping up to do the right thing. Sometimes it’s rich people donating their time and money, but more often than not it’s the everyday people that are out there “in the trenches.”
In the deepest, darkest and desperate times of World War II in Great Britain, their Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a speech telling the people it would be remembered as their “finest hour.”
Perhaps this will be the world’s finest hour. I have seen more good in mankind in the last couple of weeks than I have seen in a long time. It’s not just here in the US… it’s all around the world. People are helping out any way they can.
People are working together in ways that we couldn’t imagine just a few weeks ago. There’s the neighborhood that all go out to say the “Pledge of Allegiance” with their kids in the morning. Neighbors throw impromptu birthday parties for little kids by driving around in their cars and trucks honking their horns. People everywhere are doing what they can to make a difference. They are looking out for each other. While having to remain apart, they are coming together
Keep it up humans.
The music for “What the World Needs Now” was written by Hal David (Lyrics) and Burt Bacharach (Music) in the summer of 1965. It became a “top 40” hit. This video version is the “brainchild” of Shelbie Rassler, a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The video below from the March 29 “Sunday Today,” tells about how she and her fellow students came together to put together the video. It is yet another example of people coming together in ways we couldn’t imagine just days ago. (By the way… seems the music of the 60s is still holding up pretty well.)