Sometimes it’s easy to lose your faith in humanity. People shoot each other, call each other names, mistreat animals, and ignore each other. For a social animal, we’re not always very sociable. (Not that I want to spend more time with people. I’m content being sociable on my own.)
Other times, a person will do something unexpectedly nice.
A while back, I was driving in the South Island (of New Zealand, not that there are any other South Islands). I passed through a township, following the main road, and drove out into the hundred zone.
I was getting up to speed when the car ahead braked suddenly and stopped dead in the middle of the road.
Unsure why it had stopped, I braked too. I pulled up behind it and waited. And waited.
I couldn’t see anyone on the road ahead, human or sheep.
The other car still didn’t move. Another car stopped behind me, and another.
Then out from in front of the lead car waddled a mother duck and a tumble of tiny ducklings.
The entire queue of cars waited while the family of ducks waddled safely across the road and disappeared into the grass.
The cars didn’t have to wait. They could have been in a hurry, driven on and risked hitting the ducklings. But they didn’t. They sat there until the ducklings were out of harm’s way.
That little show of humanity made my day, and of course I was glad the ducklings made it across the road in one piece.
So when the horrible ways people treat each other are getting you down, remember: there are still people who stop for ducklings.
What little demonstrations of humanity have made your day?
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