OK, for as cynical and acerbic as we can be we’re also suckers for hero stories. No, not the classical Greek and Roman heroes who often were pompous, overpowered persons that set off on indulgent quests and junk. Nor the incorrectly categorized people that manage to get through awful situations (you know, like the guy that gets himself stuck in a truck in the muck of a raging river and holds on for dear life until he’s rescued – that isn’t heroism – that’s survival). What we’re talking about are the people that do extraordinary things in situations where they are not obligated to go an extra mile. These people don’t seek adulation or compensation. They just do what they do because it’s right and they care.
So, we’re thinking that maybe we need to take a moment a highlight these types of people periodically. Not all news is bad news and sometimes its nice to remember that humanity as a whole and individually is intrinsically good even if there are isolated pockets of bad people.
Anyway, the inspiration for this post came from a human-interest story about a dude that pulled over and performed CPR on a newborn that had stopped breathing. Ryan Cornelissen of Michigan was flagged down by a desperate father who had pulled over to the side of the road. The couple had been on the way to the hospital because the woman was about to give birth, but the infant came too son. Because the parents spoke little English (they are Vietnamese immigrants), Ryan talked to a 911 dispatcher and with the his help, he performed CPR on the baby until she was able to breathe on her own. There it is. Simple story about an ordinary guy that stepped up to make every effort to save the life of another human being that he had never met before. His acts have given a person another lease on life and comforted the hearts of her parents.
So, we feel slightly better today.
And now, getting back to our snarky selves …
Speaking of Good Samaritans, did you know that there are only about Samaritans 700 left? At the beginning of the 20th Century, there were even fewer. Samaritanism is a dwindling ethno-faith that has had problems with people leaving the fold and issues associated with a small gene pool. But, never fear! The Ukranians are coming to the rescue. Former East Bloc countries are notorious for bride farming and there has been an uptick recently in Samaritan men seeking wives outside their community so long as they join the faith (curiously, there is no mention of Samaritan women seeking male counterparts). A few Samaritan-Ukrainian unions have already been established, usually between older men and 20-something women. Sounds like the women are being the Good Samaritans in these scenarios. Or, things must be really shitty in Ukraine to want to marry an old dude and take up an orthodox, ritual-heavy lifestyle. But, hey, what do we know.