Hello everyone and welcome to the We Are The World Blogfest, Month 5.
About 5 months back I signed up for this blogfest that concentrates on the good in humanity and aims to spread cheer and bonhomie through stories and news reports of acts of human kindness. Since then I’ve made friends, connections, learnt a few things about what people do to help out others, but more importantly, I’ve realized that even a single act of human kindness can make a huge difference. It doesn’t matter how many it affects. Even if our actions help just one human being, it’s worth making that effort.
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The bigger we are the better we can help humanity!
Last month I couldn’t contribute to #WATWB, because of some family obligations. But if I’m to be very, very honest, I really didn’t want to contribute, even if I could, because I was going through a phase of disenchantment with our kind. I’ve talked about it here. For several days I kept wondering if our goodness meant anything in a world where war was the ultimate remedy for everything. I wondered if we were ever going to stop wanting more for ourselves and just be contented with what we have, as a species. I knew the answer already – never, and yet a small voice within me kept saying that even if the world was going to the dogs, there would still be some of us left who would always think and act for the greater good, and that’s what matters.
We can’t change the world but we can do whatever is in our power to change things even in one single way.
That’s what this blogfest is about.
That is why, my this month’s contribution to the #WATWB blogfest is not about someone who did something kind or humane for others, but rather, received it. It’s the kindness of random strangers towards one single man on his unique quest for knowledge that reinforced my belief that there still is goodness in us humans.
Meet Mr. Vimal Kumar from Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, who undertook several months of journeying across India without spending a single rupee! Yes, you read that right. He traveled for nine months and went through 11 states in India, all without money, but with the hope that he’d be an example of what he preached – do what you believe in!
On his journey he never begged for food, shelter or money. He worked for it by either singing or by doing manual labour. But he credits his survival and the completion of his journeys entirely to the kindness of random people. To read the full story of what he did and why, please click here.
Of course what he did was inspiring because not many can survive a single day without spending money in some form or the other. With just one backpack and the barest of essentials, Mr. Kumar went a pauper, but returned home loaded with knowledge and experience. He proved that you don’t need money, or a cushy job or flashy clothes and gadgets to live a fulfilling life. You need conviction and a will to do what you want to do.
But to me, his story revealed something more – we are capable of goodness. Mr. Kumar himself admits how strangers offered him food, shelter, on occasion giving him money for rides, flights and even teaching him skills like farming and photography, all for free! What did these strangers have to gain from showing kindness to him? Nothing but the satisfaction of helping someone out. If not for human kindness, Mr. Kumar could not have lasted long on this idealistic journey of his.
We all are dependent, in some way or the other, on our community. One may survive without money; there are enough stories about people who survive on scraps from day to day. But I don’t think we can survive without human support or kindness, however little it may be. The strangers who helped Mr. Kumar may have only helped him in a little way, but that’s all we need to keep goodness in our hearts and in our communities alive – a little help, a little effort, a little hope, because there are no super-heroes in real life; just everyday heroes who do what humans ought to do.
Once again, please join this blogfest and help it grow by using the #WATWB hashtag on social media.
And remember, your one good deed can also make a difference.
Have a great weekend!
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