I’ve seen more than a few people post this on my FB and other places this week, but I wanted to give my take on it. First off, yes I teared up when I watched it. A lot of people did, and rightfully so because it’s a beautiful video. My reason for thinking that is not because of Rahat’s act of kindness in and of itself though. It was admirable for sure, and both he and the store clerk should be commended for trying to help out a complete stranger the way they did, but that’s not why I cried. The reason lies completely with Eric.
Just think about this for a second. By his own admission this man had been on the street for a long time. Likely he hadn’t had any substantial amount of money in that time either. To survive he sits on a corner taking whatever people will give him. Day in and day out he does this.
One day a stranger comes up to him and offers him a winning lottery ticket for an unknown amount of money. To his amazement he finds out that it’s worth $1000. As he takes the money from the clerk, what’s the first thing he does?
He tries to share it.
In a complete state of shock and unsure of what exactly to do, his first instinct is to try and give some to other people. He didn’t have to try sharing it with any one. He could have taken that money, not even said thank you and ran out the door. He could have just taken it silently and moved on. $1000 is probably more than he’s seen in a long while. It’s surely more than he makes from begging.
That’s not what happened though. In a situation where it would have been so easy to think of himself first and foremost, and one where he would probably have perfectly valid reasons to do so, he didn’t. THAT is what makes this video beautiful in my eyes.
Often times we get so caught up in the negative aspects of human nature because that’s what we’re presented with. We come to assume that everyone we meet is just looking for a way to screw us over or use us as a means to an end. That the hatred, violence and evil that occur in the world are indicative of what we are at our core. That’s not true though.
Things like this video prove that. They serve to remind me that there are good people out there; people who are willing to help those around them, even when it may be hard to do. Yes, humanity’s dark side exists. No one can deny that. Hatred will likely always be around and violence will always show it’s ugly face from time to time. However, while those things are part of the human experience, they do not define it. There is good in humanity and if you take the time to look you can see it, clear as anything. It’s reflected every day through people like Eric and through deeds like this one. If you ask me, that’s the real beauty of our world.