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It has nothing to do with religion, but this is awesome.
You can now let out a collective “Awwwwwwwwwwww!” (Or complain, if you’re the cynical/grumpy sort.)
(via The J-Walk Blog)
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Maybe it does! Who knows, maybe his parents are atheists. Heheh.
No but yeah, what an awesome kid. He wasn’t even thinking about how he could get something out of it, he just did it to be nice. That’s kickass.
Always nice to see a kindness repaid. I think it usually is, but it’s nice when we get to see it!
Who gives a shit about his religiosity, he’s a great human being, and he got his just rewards!
In the “It’s all about me” generation, good to see!
Awwww! I hope that my kids grow up to think like that and I hope his parents are super proud of him
What a great kid. He has more maturity in his little finger than the morons who get into fistfights over balls will ever have.
I blame it on those Liberty Mutual commercials. It’s all thier fault. Teaching kindness and what not. What is wrong with those people?
I saw this the other day and got my awwwwww on. I loved the announcers’ commentary about it while it was happening.
I was impressed the “God” wasn’t mentioned a single time by the announcers.
How can that kid be good without mentioning God?
There might be hell to pay over this oversight by the announcers.
Lovely to see, you were right to share it. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall when he got home – his parents must have felt 10 feet tall with so many people seeing what a credit he is to them.
“There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” — Kurt Vonnegut.
How often do you see somebody get this right?
It is always nice to see people treating each other well!
If you watch the vid you can see an usher telling the kid to give the ball to the other kid. He looks right at the usher and listens for a few seconds and then gives the ball to other kid.
Clearly. But, so? He’s a good kid.
For one, that wasn’t an usher it was just some fan. He said something to one of the kids friends but the kid never even looks at him. He looks back and sees the sad boy and turns around to give it to him.
I don’t know what you think it is you’re seeing, not understand why you have to poo-poo a genuine act of kindness.
And this matters how?
This is what is going to happen with the debt ceiling debate. You can pick who gives the ball to whom. /cynicism
From Daniel Everitt’s book, a better wording for the golden rule from the Piraha people in the Amazon, “Help those in need today, since you maybe the one in need tomorrow”
That’s so heartwarming.
I know this lifelong, card-carrying citizen of Cardinal Nation certainly applauds Ian’s act of kindness! WTG!!!
Please, please, let that kid be a gay atheist!
The kid was kind, but here’s one thing a little bigger to get. This kid does not understand the value of a stray ball. No kid does. It’s a BALL. There’s millions of them.
Or, to be more accurate, maybe a kid willing to give a ball to someone else just because has a better grip on the value of a ball than most adults. I’m not saying he wasn’t generous, just that too many adults, announcers gushing over the act included, put way too much value in such things and the better perspective, the better story, is “maybe we put too much importance on trinkets, let’s learn that lesson from this kid”.
Awww. That is so sweet. Stories like this help me keep up my hope for the kindness of humanity.
Damn. Find my way here through blog links, and the video is down. anyone have a copy somewhere?
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