While Some Step up, Others Stumble
Good Samaritans (the good) natural disasters (the bad) and...the plain old (ugly)
I’ve noticed it more and more lately, whether it’s a positive message, a call for doing the right thing, a shared post on Facebook about a good Samaritan in someone’s life...
When the logical response should be positive in nature, instead...the response is a laughing emoji or an angry face. Sometimes paired with, a derogatory comment, done for nothing more than meanness sake; to get a reaction, a rise, whatever their true motive, I couldn’t say...
You tell me.
Not long ago, I shared the story of a baby that survived an abortion and is thriving today and a young lady responded with an angry emoji. Explain that to me, I cannot!
With a hurricane approaching, I was watching the coverage and caught an interview with a good Samaritan, one of those individuals that can make a difference, has the means to do so and so, he does!
He and many others just like him, head toward the unknown, the danger zone, boats in tow, sufficiently supplied and ready to help those in need.
They aren’t looking for anything in return, it’s just their nature to go and to help where they can!
Maybe, somewhere, in the back of their minds, they believe that in their time of need, someone would do the same for them, but that is not what drives them.
It’s innate, a natural reaction, something within which leads them, to be there for others, especially in their time of need.
You could say...that they are triggered, to do the right thing!
No one could find fault in that, correct?
They do, they have, they will. I’ve seen it.
Doing a job, filling a need
We have been anticipating this latest named storm, Dorian, since last week.
We were in limbo for a while, for we had made plans. The decision was made to go forward with those plans, while continuing to monitor closely and heed all warnings.
As a Floridian, I never want to become complacent, as these tropical storms and hurricanes come and go, sometimes doing great damage, other times, just interfering with plans, but always requiring our undivided attention.
The Bahamas were hit very hard, while we were spared.
Dorian is on a northward trek and isn’t done quite yet.
I am so appreciative of the caravans of linemen, the National Guard and the many good Samaritans with boats and supplies that immediately headed south, prepared for whatever they might encounter.
The National Guard has a job to do, the linemen have their job to do and we appreciate all of them, each and every time they caravan our way.
Also, immensely appreciative of the good Samaritans, those that take time away from their lives, their jobs, their businesses, because they know they can help, should the need arise.
Florida didn't need them this time, so now, they will turn around and go to the place which does, to the people who do!
For help or to contribute to Disaster Relief
Convoy of Hope - convoyofhope.org
Samaratin’s Purse - samaratinspurse.org
The Cajun Navy - cajunnavyrelief.com
You’d think, no one would find fault with good deed doers.
One might surmise that it would be difficult to make it racial, self-gratifying, political or something other than... just helping your fellow man.
Again, you’d be wrong!
There are those believing, that every single act of an individual is done to the benefit of that individual.
Is it because that’s how they are, how they are programmed?
Is this how they’ve been taught to be, decency doesn’t enter in?
In their world, in their way of thinking, every move made is in their best interest, every act is all about them; what’s in it for them, what will they get out of it, how might going out of their way a little, benefit them?
They cannot comprehend...a simple good deed or fathom a good deed doer.
I can think of no other reason, when I read negative and ugly comments or jokes about the Cajun Navy or random good samaritans rushing in to help, while they, the insulters, go into hiding or into the safety of their basement to see who they can belittle or insult today...with their words and/or actions.
There will be personal insults, hurtful jabs and tacky jokes, criticism of southern culture and customs, etc.
Even the President gets brought into it and is insulted...yet again, because he dares to give credit where credit is due.
Makes no difference to the fault finders!
Is this where we are headed, here in the United States, forget the Golden Rule, forget and forsake your fellow man, because he or she may be of a different political persuasion or there may be cultural differences, but mainly because, there’s nothing in it for you?
I can only speculate and sadly, my speculation is turning up unpleasant things.
~ I am praying for those in the Bahamas, devastated by Dorian and for all remaining in the path ~
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