Topic: A man hitchhiking across the country — to get ideas for a book he is writing about the kindness of Americans — was shot by a driver he thought was stopping to give him a ride. Police say the two men did not know each other, and that it appears to have been a random act of violence. (The hitchhiker survived the incident with minor injuries).
I’m Afraid of Americans
by Abraham “Able Abe” Aenstograafik
People today are more on edge than ever. They will shoot you for anything.
I don’t trust anyone anymore. Not even my friends. I am always looking at their hands, ready for the moment when they choose to pull a weapon on me, which I’m sure will come sooner than later.
This guy should have known (and does now!) that people will rob you, shoot you and do anything they can to disrespect you, at any chance they get.
There has never been any kindness in America, or in the hearts of Americans. Everyone is only waiting for the chance to teach you a lesson you’ll never forget!
Comfort Them with Kindness
by Angelina Estevante
I think most people are kind-hearted and well-meaning. We mostly only hear about the “bad apples,” and that is just sad. Most people don’t want to read a headline about good news, and you never see someone interviewed for lending a helping hand when they didn’t have to, or doing the right thing, even if no one was watching.
I realize times are tough right now, and yes, things have certainly changed from even five years ago. But I don’t think that’s made people more violent and out of control. If anything, I think people have (for the most part) banded together through this adversity; we know we can get through this — and have gotten through a lot worse! — if we just stick together.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said:
“Men often hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other.”
When something like this occurs, instead of shaking our heads and saying we “knew this would happen,” or making some snide comment about how everyone is a ‘punk’ or a ‘thug’ — a ‘good-for-nothing’ or a ‘ne’er do well,’ we should realize that sometimes people are just having a bad day. They may just need to know that there are still people out there who do care about them, even if they happen to act out in the heat of the moment.
Instead of pushing people away, we need to be embracing them, letting them know it’s going to be okay. That’s what is great about America and Americans: we really do care, we really want to help each other out, and when the going gets tough, tough Americans get going… and helping!
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