I have two stories, while being mugged, one man managed to convince his assailant to join him for dinner. Another, cares for those facing extreme poverty. The theme is the ability of one individual to connect with another for the positive.
The beautiful notion in these stories is empathy and compassion. Julio was able to connect with his mugger by showing his kindness, and allow him to see an alternative path for life. Narayanan saw that humanity was missing in the treatment of others, and went about helping them in the most basic of ways. Treating people with dignity, helping those in need see a way to a better life. It's enabling communication between two parties of people that are not supposed to connect, and promoting well being in society. What I'm thinking about is how can we collectively think about what happened here, and be able to make it not just one amazing moment, but a way for people to connect with kindness.
As Julio stated in the article:
"I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It's as simple as it gets in this complicated world."