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Most People Will Step up in Time of Need, Others Ridicule and Tear Down, Why is That?

Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!


Good Samaritans, Natural disasters and Ugly People

Have you noticed, here of late, whether it’s a positive message, a just because message, something intended to make someone's day, it is often met with ugliness?

Whether someone is looking to brag on someone, other than themselves

Looking to give credit where due or just a positive post circulating on social media

A good Samaritan in someone’s life that they wish to give a shout out to

When the logical response should be positive in nature or no response at all, the response is either a laughing emoji or an angry emoji?

Sometimes paired with a derogatory comment, done for nothing more than meanness sake; to get a reaction, a rise, be hurtful, whatever their true motive, I couldn’t say...

You tell me.

Not long ago, I shared the story of a baby that survived an abortion and is thriving today. An acquaintance responded with an angry emoji.

The story wasn't about anything other than how well the baby was doing. I doubt the baby is with the Mom who didn't want her, but rather with someone who loves her and she is thriving, it is a good news story and worthy of being shared!


It's a feel good story.

Explain the part to me, that I cannot see -

and then there was this:

With a hurricane approaching, I was watching the coverage and caught an interview with a good Samaritan, one of those individuals who can make a difference, has the means to make a difference and so, he does!

He and many others just like him, head toward and then deep into, the unknown, the danger zone; with boats in tow, sufficiently supplied and ready to help those in need.

They aren’t looking for anything in return, it’s just their nature to go and to help when and where they can.

Maybe, somewhere, in the back of their minds, they believe that in their time of need, someone would do the same for them, but that is not what drives them!

It’s innate, a natural reaction, something within which leads them, to be there for others, especially in their time of need.

You could say, that they are triggered, to do the right thing!

No one could find fault in that, correct?

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They do, they have, they will. I’ve seen it, repeatedly.

Doing a job, filling a need

We were in limbo a while back, as yet another named storm was headed our way and we had made plans. The decision was made to go forward with those plans, while continuing to monitor closely and heed all warnings.

As a Floridian, I never want to become complacent, as these tropical storms and hurricanes come and go, sometimes doing great damage, other times, just interfering with plans, but always requiring our undivided attention.

In the end, in this particular case, with this particular hurricane, the Bahamas were hit very hard and we were spared.

I was so appreciative of the caravans of linemen, the National Guard and the many good Samaritans with boats and supplies that immediately headed south, as they and we were all hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst.

The National Guard has a job to do, the linemen have their job to do and we appreciate all of them, each and every time they caravan our way.

Also, immensely appreciative of the good Samaritans, those that take time away from their lives, their jobs, their businesses, because they know they can help, should the need arise.

They come prepared.

Florida didn't need them this time and so they turned around and went to prepare for the next place, the next people, who might need them.

Rushing in

You’d think, no one would find fault with those who actively participate in unselfishly doing good deeds for others, aka: good Samaritans.

One might surmise that it would be difficult to make it racial, self-gratifying, political or something other than what it is, helping out your fellow man.

Again, you’d be wrong!

There are those who believe that every single act of an individual, is done to the benefit of that individual.

Is it because that’s how they are programmed? Is this how they’ve been brought up, taught to be, decency doesn’t enter in, it's always a matter of what's in it for me and then I'll see?

In their world, in their way of thinking, every move made is in their best interest, every act is all about them, what will they get out of it, how might going out of their way a little, benefit them somehow...

They cannot comprehend a simple good deed or fathom a good deed doer?

I can think of no other reason, when I read such negative and ugly comments, tacky jokes and insults about the Cajun Navy and others, who rush in!

While the Good Samaritans act, those that find their joy in insulting others, hide in their basements, with the goal of belittling or insulting, via their fingertips on a keyboard, as many as they can on any given day.

Is this where we are headed, here in the United States, as many more people make the choice to sit home, spending most of their time on social media?

Forget all about that antiquated Golden Rule stuff; forget and forsake your fellow man, because he or she may be of a different political persuasion or may declare that their faith in a higher power is the driving force behind all they do. Disrespect and mock because of cultural differences, southern accents, etc., but mainly because you can't see where there's anything in it for you, so how can there be for them?

Shout out to all the good deed-doers out there, you are more appreciated than you will ever know!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Angie B Williams


Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 06, 2019:

Stepping up...

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 06, 2019:

Stepping up...

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 05, 2019:

Agreed Paula, hating never did anyone any good. I'm sure of it.

Suzie from Carson City on September 05, 2019:

Angie...Ditto to boggles the mind to imagine investing all that time and energy into one, nasty, futile activity...such as hating. HATING anyone is a total waste. It does nothing but make the hater sick and quite unlikable.

In the cause to keep this clean.....let me just say that instead of listening to the horrendous media lies and attempts to brainwash....I go for a walk to the park and feed the birds. Rather than argue with anyone about politics...I take a friend to lunch. I work at the city mission one day a month, teach as a literacy volunteer, twice a with kittens and puppies at the animal shelter, whenever I need the giggles.....and if we learn to replace the bad with something just always seems to make life better. If enough people get BETTER, maybe one day it will be the majority of the world? It's worth a try. Never give up.

(I had to FORCE myself to give up hating Hillary...damn! and I did it so well. but enough is enough...she's not worth my valuable, precious time!)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 05, 2019:

A wise man in what we called a Navajo "Sweat Lodge". Told me never do something for another. Do it for yourself. And love will leave you and go into them. What an idea. We stand up for ourselves and the light will leave us into them.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 05, 2019:

Eric, happiness is found in doing for I guess there is "something in it for them" after all.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 05, 2019:

I have had the right/ nay privilege to be in Hanoi and Seoul during rain brought suffering. The Govs downplayed the deaths and disasters. I got their point.

Watching a 3 year old wash down a street is horrific. Diving in is the glory of God in all it's wonderment.

I believe there is no better goodness in our heart than helping.

I think our tax dollars are heading responders out there. They will do their job.

Sometimes even being a Californian leaves you proud.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 05, 2019:

Hi Pop, it is beyond pathetic when the ugliness shines through in comments about a group of people going out of their way to help others, I am shocked over some of the comments I've read. Also, I think we know by now, they'll put down our President at every opportunity, if there isn't one, they'll make something up and make it stick...the media will see to that. I don't know how some people sleep at night.

breakfastpop on September 05, 2019:

The media has everything invested in ugly. They are so focused on hating Trump that the rest of what is actually occurring goes unnoticed. Yes, there are decent people in the world, but the bad guys are out there as well. Our culture has changed. The ugly has been let out of the closet.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 05, 2019:

Hi Vivian, I completely agree and it is high time we start calling out the media, the pathetic so-called Governors, those who continually rundown their State, constantly embracing un-American things, the 'voices' of social media with their non-ending put-downs and criticism of all that is good and all that is right.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 05, 2019:

Hi RT, thanks for mentioning the Red Cross, yes, they are always there when disaster strikes.

I've thought the same thing about government officials in the Bahamas, hopefully they'll not be as inept and incompetent as Puerto Rico officials were with the relief provided after Maria or as greedy as other governments have been in the past. My heart goes out to the Bahamian people!!

After I wrote this, I saw an article about Gavin Newsome, Governor of California. He has signed a bill allowing citizens 18 and older TO REFUSE to help a police officer in need.(I guess they'll be free to videotape and post police officers in a struggle for their lives... all day long, but that's just crazy!!!)

The following is what I wrote in response to the article:

Sounds about right. Why would we ever expect the dumbed down, self-absorbed, misinformed, lacking character, clueless, totally dependent on their government, products of Democrats and the be expected to help anyone other than themselves? Duh!!!

Vivian Coblentz on September 05, 2019:

Again--let's go back to the media. There are far more people out in the world doing good who should be publicly lauded for their efforts, but the mainstream media chooses to report only negativity. I'd much rather hear about heart-warming stories, but that would go against their radical agenda--we can't think our country is good! All propaganda has to paint an ugly picture of America and its people. Your article spreads a much-needed message that the heart of America is still good despite the loud rantings of a few nut jobs who capture all the air time.

RTalloni on September 05, 2019:

Thanks much for opening up a discussion on this topic. I agree that there are more good-hearted people than the dismal do-nothing whining fault-finders. You may be on track about those who complain, how in their world nothing is ever done that is not self-serving so they cannot imagine others having a heart for helping when a disaster hits.

Thank you for mentioning that where one is spared they are given opportunity to help where the hurricane did hit hard. Would like to mention the Red Cross because they are very efficient at using donated funds. The Bahamas will receive help from the International Red Cross and if needed the American Red Cross will add to the help.

It is difficult to see how a natural disaster affects people but if everyone helps in some way we can bring some relief to those suffering. I hope local government in the Bahamas will do right with the funds they are given, unlike the corrupt governments that have been given so much yet used it for their own high living rather than helping the people.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 04, 2019:

I've no doubt, there are more good-hearted people, making a difference, having their brother's back, than clueless, pathetic slackers's just that one is too many and their numbers seem to be growing.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 04, 2019:

There's always something to criticize even in a disaster, but it's best to look for the positive. I remember living near the gulf and going home after hurricane aftermath. It's amazing the way volunteers responded to provide food in the form of government army meals. Not the tastiest of meals, but they don't require anything but water, which was also provided for people who needed it. Power wasn't necessary to have food. And then there are all of the power companies that send workers to areas that are hit or expected to be hit so that they can get power back on as quickly as possible. And I hear often about how the government is either slow pay or no pay. So you're right that these people do it for the sake of their good hearts.

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