I saw an article in the paper yesterday about how bad times bring out the best in people. Even when the stock market is tumbling and companies are laying off workers and anxiety is making people cut back on everything, Ordinary Americans are reaching out and making generous gestures to their employees, acquaintances and even to strangers.
The article went on to tell the story about an owner of a pharmacy in Alabama that gave $16,000 to his 24 employees. All the owner asked in return was that his employees donate 15% to charity and spend the rest in local stores! His employees cried !
The article went on to tell about a local florist in Missouri who surprises one, two or three people a week with free bouquets. Residents of the town send in nominations and the staff picks names out of a box. The florist said that he was just trying to brighten up people's days and try and block out some of the doom and gloom.
This article singled out five other examples of kindness , all about individuals trying to make a difference and brighten other people lives.
I tend to believe that when babies are born they are genetically wired to do good, and that we all start out on the same altruistic path at birth...are we born with the same unselfish concern for the welfare of others ...or do we have to be taught to feel this way..?
Maybe it just makes me feel better to look at people this way...am I that naive?