Restor­ing faith in hu­man­ity

The Compass - - OPINION -

Many me­dia out­lets in this prov­ince have promi­nently re­ported on in­ci­dents of theft, in­creased vi­o­lence and il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­ity in re­cent months. So much do, in fact, that some may be de­sen­si­tized to crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Al­though th­ese are im­por­tant sto­ries to in­form the pub­lic about, the pos­i­tive ones seem far and few be­tween.

Just a cou­ple of weeks ago, Harry and Jessie An­thony of Grates Cove took home more than $13,000 from a 50/50 draw at a hockey game in St. John’s. Harry is cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment for prostate can­cer.

Their story started as one of luck dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time, but af­ter The Com­pass met with them, the story grew. This cou­ple has been spend­ing their whole lives giv­ing back to those less for­tu­nate, even if it meant they would do with­out.

Once the story was posted on www.cb­n­com­, it quickly re­ceived thou­sands of vis­its. It was ob­vi­ous by some reader com­ments that some peo­ple had lost faith in oth­ers. One com­ment read there are not many peo­ple like that any­more. Another com­menter wrote how it is good to see there are still good peo­ple in the world.

To get such a re­sponse from a story of good faith when many peo­ple barely bat an eye any­more to some­one in St. John’s get­ting shot or a drug bust in Clarke’s Beach is ap­palling. The re­sponse most peo­ple get is, “what do you ex­pect?” Has faith in hu­man­ity re­ally de­flated? With Christ­mas a month away, it should be a time when peo­ple re­mem­ber the good that has taken place in their lives, the love amongst fam­i­lies and the good deeds tak­ing place around them ev­ery day — even though most go over­looked.

Take the time this hol­i­day sea­son to hold the door for some­one, say thank-you or do­nate to the lo­cal food bank. All of th­ese de­serve just as much recog­ni­tion as Harry and Jessie.

Lit­tle ges­tures of kind­ness can go a long way, maybe as far as to re­move some of the neg­a­tive stigma at­tached to to­day’s so­ci­ety.

Maybe neigh­bours will of­fer a hand shov­el­ling a walk­way or a co-worker will bring a cof­fee to the of­fice be­cause you loaned them your sta­pler yes­ter­day. The lit­tle things add up and may even­tu­ally be­come habit again.

Whether it com­pletely oblit­er­ates the neg­a­tive feel­ings about so­ci­ety, or con­vinces one other per­son to pay it for­ward, do­ing one kind ges­ture can make some­one’s Christ­mas.

— Melissa Jenk­ins is a reporter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass news­pa­per. She can be reached at Melissa.jenk­

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