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In 2017 there is Hope and there is the True Nature of Humanity

“2016 was rough but we still have every reason to hope” says Avaaz ⇒.  Avaaz has 42 million members and raise petitions that work on the local, national and international level.  More ↓, a slideshow and a video.

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Below is the extraordinary story of the boatmen who came forward and helped people caught in the 9/11 disaster.  They did not know what had happened and did not know if they would be safe. Nearly five hundred thousand people were rescued in less than nine hours.  It is a compelling video.  Cindy Knoke (of CindyKnoke.com) renamed it “The True Nature of Humanity”.  If the sound is interrupted, pause the above slideshow.

Vincent Ardolino, Captain of the Amberjack V, said at the end:  “I never want to say the words ‘I should have’.   If I do it and I fail, I tried.  If I do it and succeed, better for me.   And, I tell my children, never go through life saying you should have.  If you wanna do something, you do it”.

The idea that we can’t make a difference is a deceit perpetrated by those who profit from the inhibiting effect.

The goodwill, that wishes a better world for others, is unstoppable because it keeps on being born. No matter how slow progress has been, it has gradually prevailed over centuries. No matter how great the struggle, it has shown itself to be indomitable and so will eventually defeat all.  It is the true nature of humanity and it is a privilege to be part of it.

Just one thing, just do one thing and smile that you made a difference and that you are part of human evolution. 

13 responses

  1. Inspirational. Thanks so much.


    January 6, 2017 at 15:11

  2. Reblogged this on notewords and commented:
    If you look for evidence that the world is a terrible place, you will find it everywhere. If you believe there is still hope and heroes, you will find them everywhere.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 6, 2017 at 15:17

  3. 2016 wasn’t as bad as the media wants us to believe… there are good stories and unsung heroes everywhere.


    January 10, 2017 at 05:34

  4. I’m an optimist at heart. I believe that there is evil in the world, but that most people don’t intend to do bad things. Our country is in turmoil right now, and I expect some vitriol over the coming days as we inaugurate our next president. This is a (tearful) reminder of my core beliefs that people are good and will do good things when they can.


    January 11, 2017 at 21:05

    • I agree and I’m glad it struck a chord. It’s easy to forget that the world has improved over it’s more barbaric past. Then again there must always have been some good or we wouldn’t have improved at all.

      In the darkest days, Churchill would say “KBO” (keep buggering on). That’s what we always do really and Trump will be but a bump in the road.

      Good luck over there from over here, and always nice to hear whatever you have to say. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      January 12, 2017 at 12:53

      • I ended up sharing this on my FB along with quoting your words at the bottom. It never hurts to encourage others who feel like the lights are going dark. Are you on FB?


        January 12, 2017 at 15:14

        • Thanks for the share. I’m sure
          encouragement and not feeling alone are very important.

          I’m not on FB but plan to be in a few months when I am better organised. I’ve no doubt I will see you there.

          Happy New Year. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

          January 12, 2017 at 18:02

          • When you make your way there, I should be findable as Heather Higham. No guarantees though because I am not sure what my privacy settings are. If all else fails, I’m definitely on there (also) as Snap Happy Gal Photography.

            Liked by 1 person

            January 13, 2017 at 19:03

            • I’ll definitely look for you. I’ll be something in hats and all about climate.

              “Raindrops are falling on my hat
              And just like the guy whose feet
              Are too big for his bed
              Nothing seems to fit
              Those raindrops
              Are falling on my hat
              They keep falling”

              Have a nice year. 😀

              Liked by 1 person

              January 13, 2017 at 20:44

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