Internet news gives me a stomach ache. I just feel sick after browsing through photos and videos and stories about cruelty, stupidity, fear, and all kinds of petty, human activity. I really appreciate bloggers and others who post genuine evidence of our more noble capabilities. Although, sometimes this is attributed to “angels among us” or some non-human inspiration. Is kindness not a human trait? Justice? Wisdom? What do we gain by hesitating to credit people for exhibiting these admirable qualities and then splashing our media with all the “awkward” examples we can fit on a screen? Bleh…I just feel like I’ve been gorging on rancid movie popcorn. Humans plugged into more and more machinery, morphing into robo-sapiens, give me the same sour taste.
Please, somebody show me a living mensch! A human being, acting gracefully. Are there so few left? Browsing through my photo file, I realize that only a handful of pictures actually contain people. Is it because I find beauty in nature and form and so rarely in mankind?
Here’s one I did uncover. I took this shot last March. It shows a retired thespian giving a presentation to school kids on the process of making maple sugar one hundred years ago. He’s describing hand made tools, telling the story as if he were remembering his boyhood. He peppers his talk with jokes to make the kids laugh and pay attention. He is a teacher of old ways, engaging with new minds, passing on a respect for trees. He’s not doing it for remuneration or applause, he’s doing it because it’s important to him. And I think he’s a good example. Can you show me others? My stomach will thank you!
The old man and the maples
Sorry I couldn’t be there myself
Had to shut the tv off because the topic was what models wear when they are not modeling
Please – is there nothing else to talk about?
You’ve inspired me to check out my own photos
Let me know what you find in your files!
Reblogged this on J M LIGHT and commented:
I like the end of this post. Wish I could have sat in myself.
He was charming. 🙂
Here is my response to you: I FOUND ONE!!!
Yes, you sure did! Thanks for sharing him!
Lovely post. I ignore the unsolicited news feed.
I should figure out how to get real news without having to wade through all the dross. What’s your preferred method?
If you google real news there are several sites where you can get an alternative view of the world Scilla.. with more truth.
Now with 33% more truth! 😉 I’ll have to give that a try.
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