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Some Faith in Humanity Restored! (stories of humanity remembering to not be dicks)
As a little background, I'm a Secular Humanist. I firmly believe that if we aren't there for other people, no one will be. I believe that everything we do in life, to ourselves and to others, matters and that one person can make a difference for humanity as a whole. I don't think most people are genuinely good, but that most are decent and would like to be better. Still, it's hard to maintain any sort of optimism in such a cyncial culture. For this reason, I thought I'd start a thread where we (or if this ends up just falling off the fourms without a reply, maybe just me) tell stories of those rare times where people surprise you and you remember just how magnificent people can be at their most noble.
I had a public speaking thing at work where I was supposed to talk about three things I'd like my co-workers to work on. Not an envious assignment, telling your peers that they're doing it wrong, but I decided I'd make the best of it and include as my final point something a little more high-minded.
"Don't do what's easy, do what's right." I said, with full conviction, "It's easy to forget that there are people on the other ends of our phones and that they care and are impacted by the things we say and do. People care. Going beyond what's easy is important because it's the difference between doing your job and doing a service. People notice that kind of thing."
The meeting hall went silent. I was already bracing myself for eye rolls and jeers. Instead, they applauded. People who've never spoken to me, who don't even know me came up to me afterwards to say that my saying that meant a lot to them. To this day there is a whiteboard standing at the entrace to the office that says simply, "Don't do what's easy. Do what's right."
I know it's corny as hell, but that made me feel so much less alone in the world.
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