A little mush for Friday

Regular readers will know that although I’m tough on creationists, accommodationists, and various specie of morons, I’m a bit of a softy on certain topics, e.g., rabbits, baby ducks, and specimens of Felis catus. I suspect many of you feel likewise. So perhaps you’ll appreciate an end-of-the-week upper: a BuzzFeed compilation of “21 pictures that will restore your faith in humanity.”  (This presumes, of course, that you have lost your faith in humanity and that it can be restored by photos of firefighters resuscitating kittens.)

I show a few of the pictures below and there are others (including dogs, not shown here) at the site.

 Repentant Chicago Christians who showed up at a gay pride parade to apologize for homophobia in the Church:

Another scene from the parade. Both photos by Michelle Gantner:

A villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during a flood in Cuttack, India (photo by Biswaranajan Rout/AP):

A man gives his shoes to a homeless girl in Rio de Janeiro:

Firefighters rescuing cats from house fires, with the first one getting oxygen (first photo by Tom Bauer, Missoulian; second by Chris Bauer/AP):

This is sweet but sad: a note that an elderly lady handed to a waiter along with a $20 tip:

And this one will brand me forever as a softy, but I can’t help but close with it. It’s titled “two best friends on a swing”:

If you like dogs, there is an awesome series of a man rescuing a dog that had fallen into the sea, and the tears of its grateful owner.

39 Comments

  1. Grania Spingies
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I think I have something in my eye.

    • Lynn A.
      Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      Ditto 🙂

    • Alex SL
      Posted June 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

      Ditto. Rührend.

  2. Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    of course you’re a softie – you’re human 🙂 It’s why we love ya!

    • gluonspring
      Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      +1

  3. CR
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Jerry,

    I think you’re going to have to send yourself a signed copy of your book after that last picture.

    • Marella
      Posted June 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      +1

  4. feralboy12
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Suddenly I’m in a much better mood today. Thank you.

  5. DV
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    This has been going the rounds in FB

  6. Steve Smith
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    BuzzFeed compilation of “21 pictures that will restore your faith in humanity.” … you have lost your faith in humanity and that it can be restored by photos of firefighters resuscitating kittens

    Never lose hold of misanthropy or skepticism. Slate:

    BuzzFeed’s staff finds stuff elsewhere on the Web, most often at Reddit. They polish and repackage what they find. And often—and, from what I can tell, deliberately—their posts are hard to trace back to the original source material. … I’ll leave it to you to decide if BuzzFeed is taking more than it’s adding. But all ethical issues aside, my exploration into BuzzFeed’s process has left me feeling a bit let down by a site I’ve long loved.

    http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/funny-pictures-ceiling-cat-tells-kitten-to-kill.jpg

    • DV
      Posted June 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      NPR had a feature about buzzfeed that I caught, last week i think. Basically it’s a business where they have somebody scouring the net everyday to create posts that they intend to go viral. They know the usual formula – cute pics, celebrity, kittens, etc. That’s their whole business process – try to make things go viral for the ad hits.

      Nevertheless, I did like this particular compilation.

  7. stacylpg
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    These truly did inspire. Thank you!

  8. Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, that was especially needed after the Texas GOP platform post, one of the most depressing posts you have ever made.

  9. rodgerma
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for reminding me there is still hope for humanity. Very enjoyable pictures indeed.
    Have a nice week end.

  10. FastLane
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I found #18 interesting. Way back in the day, when eating out was a rare treat for my wife and I, a much younger (late teens/early 20s, maybe) couple had their credit card denied at the restaurant (an Olive Garden). The young man was clearly distraught and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t trying to cheat anyone, so we told the their waiter to add their bill to ours.

    Apparently, the manager thought this was nice enough that he wound up comping everything, their bill and ours. 🙂 We left a VERY nice tip for the waitstaff.

  11. rmw
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting these, Jerry. I live in Colorado Springs, where the Waldo Canyon fire is burning, and it was so nice to see pictures of things that were not of flames or homes/mountainsides in flames.

  12. Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I love the ones posted here, but the sheep being pulled from the ocean really made my day.

  13. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    As a longtime San Franciscan, we don’t usually see whats in the top photo, but we definitely are pleased to see it somewhere else.

  14. the moother
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    moral of the story: fat people are sorry…. and so are our todler…. go cats.

  15. saguhh00
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    What else could I say? Awwww!

    PS: I’m Brazilian and really loved the picture from Rio.

  16. shakyisles
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    There is hope for all humanity, including christians, and for stranded kittehs

    • RFW
      Posted June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Make that “faux-christians”.

      If self-styled christians actually lived their lives according to the precepts of Christ himself, the world would be a better place.

      They don’t.

      It isn’t.

      Too bad, for the core teaching of Christ is charity and love toward all.

      • Island Adolescent
        Posted June 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think you read much of what “Christ” said.

  17. B.R.
    Posted June 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I actually feel a warm, fuzzy feeling, deep down inside…

    Time for more Tums. *trollface*

    But yeah, great post. My favorite was the shoes.

  18. Posted June 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Great pictures! I’ve always thought the atheists who say the Universe cares nothing for its inhabitants must have somehow grown up without the love of another human being.

    That would be a shame, but human evolution has been much more about the survival of those who were loved the most, than about who was most fit to survive. What parent denies their child food on the basis that they are imperfect? Even graves tens of thousands of years old show that individuals crippled from birth were cared for by their tribe, to live to what whas then a ripe old age.

    Perhaps atheism is a kind of flaw in one’s vision; the Universe itself is both the face of God, and a mirror.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted June 30, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

      Well that’s a load of gobbledegook. For the Universe to ‘care’ it would have to have a consciousness. I’m not aware that many religiosos claim that. And even if it did have a consciousness, if it cares, why earthquakes and tsunamis? Funny way to show it.

      And what has the Universe got to do with human (or animal) caring?

      Because we say ‘awwwww, that’s cute’ doesn’t mean our brains have turned to mush.

    • shakyisles
      Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:38 am | Permalink

      Actually some animals do deny their weakest offspring food until it starves to death, in order to provide more for the strongest; what does this tell you about the universes feelings for that unfortunate bird..if anything?

      • RFW
        Posted June 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

        From watching one of the many bald eagle nest cams several years ago, I learned that the lahying and hatching of eagle eggs is staged so that if food is in short supply the older chicks are favored and the younger ones die.

        Nature red in tooth and claw.

    • shakyisles
      Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:45 am | Permalink

      By the way, Iain, because to you god is just a concept, ie; God = The Universe, you really are already an atheist at heart

    • pjlandis
      Posted June 30, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      “graves tens of thousands of years old show that individuals crippled from birth were cared for by their tribe, to live to what whas then a ripe old age.”

      There is a lot more evidence of human sacrifice and murder than caring for the infirm.

  19. Michael Bouchard
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    That pensive bearded guy in the middle of the top photo officiated my completely non-religious wedding. His name is Nathan Albert, and he is as loving and compassionate a human as you could hope to find.

  20. Vaal
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    A great start to my day. Thank you Jerry.

    I’ve always been a glass-half-full, optimistic about my fellow man type and those type of photos only re-enforce it. Though I certainly don’t remain blind to the bad stuff. In fact, it’s often in a debate with a theist about the problem of suffering that the theist will ask “Ok, well then if the world is soooo bad and filled with such suffering and grief, why do you Mr. Atheist go on? Why live? Why bother acting good toward other people?”

    One of my answers is: because of The Good. There are also huge quantities of Good in the world and it’s inspiring. Many lives are not miserable and filled with suffering and when you see, or personally experience, how wonderful life can be either in special moments or over a long haul, you recognize how desirable and worthwhile it is to experience. Good times, good acts show there is another way, another possibility when faced with suffering or evil actions. That it doesn’t have to BE the case that life is only suffering or not worth desiring. And those of us fortunate enough to have a “good life” can find the motivation to help others less fortunate: knowing how great life can be motivates us to work toward a world in which everyone, or at least many more people, can have good lives rather than wretched ones.

    Vaal.

    • shakyisles
      Posted June 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      I really like that. The Good. Isn’t that really what some people are trying to articulate when they say God?

  21. Posted June 30, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    There is also this photo of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at work: http://www.pekingduck.org/2010/08/human-pla-bridge/

    I am surprised it didn’t make the cut.

  22. Posted June 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting. This is so sweet.

  23. RFW
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve turned into an emotional marshmallow. My movie going buddy is now used to my choking up when we go see the latest Pixar release.

    But guess what? I’d far rather be an emotional marshmallow than a cold uncaring unemotional type. Yes, Mittens, I’m thinking of you.

    So relax, Jerry, and enjoy your inner squishiness. It’s nothing to be ashamed of in the least.

  24. Island Adolescent
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Faith not restored.

  25. Pray Hard
    Posted July 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Red Green’s man’s prayer … I’m a man and I can change … I guess.

    • Noadi
      Posted July 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      You missed a bit. “I’m a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess”

      Sorry, big Red Green fan, he reminds me of some of the men in my family.


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