Scott Widak, 47, has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease. To cope with his uncle's challenging situation, Widak’s nephew, Sean O’Connor, turned to the Reddit community to see if anyone would be interested in sending a letter to his uncle. O’Connor then included a link to a news article about Widak and his art
, along with two photos of him and his mother, a P.O. box address and a few things he’s interested in, like Johnny Cash. Following the post
, Widak received hundreds of letters from all over the world
. From Mashable: a story of random acts of kindness.
posted by Potomac Avenue
on May 15, 2012 -
Step 1: Compose your post to MetaFilter: Description: An inspirational Holiday Tale
from Peter Watts
. Step 2: Justify using the words "inspirational", "holiday", and "Peter Watts" in the same sentence:
I'm grading on a curve. Step 3: Do you want to warn us about any pictures?
Yes, I'm warning you. (Remember last time
?) Seriously, some animal lovers may want to skip this.
posted by maudlin
on Jan 6, 2012 -
At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a yacht race was taking the world's teams through dangerous waters at breakneck speeds. Stig Käll and his brother Lars were in the running to win when, behind them, the Australian team capsized and slipped below the deadly waves. Making a split-second decision, the Källs turned their boat around and rescued the Australians, losing the race and vanishing from the pages of Olympic history, but winning recognition from the Japanese press, who awarded them the headline "Gold Medal of Humanity". The Käll brothers were the first to receive recognition from the International Fair Play Committee
, a group that now gives awards and recognition to people who display unusual sportsmanship, such as: [more inside]
posted by shii
on Dec 6, 2011 -
One act of kindness
that befell British writer Bernard Hare in 1982 changed him profoundly. Then a student living just north of London, he tells the story to inspire troubled young people to help deal with their disrupted lives.
posted by joannemullen
on Sep 7, 2011 -
Chen has a daily routine—waking up at 3am, she makes her way to the vegetable wholesaler and sets up her stall, which she tends till seven or eight in the evening. The first to arrive in the dark, damp market and the last to leave, other stall-owners have fondly nicknamed her ‘market manager.’ Chen holds the stall her father left her dearly. Yuan-Jin Vegetables is her everything. Selling at “a bundle for 30 dollars*, three bundles for 50,” Chen earns only marginal profits. Yet, her frugality has allowed her to donate about NT$10 million (nearly Rs1.5 crore) [approx. US$330,000] towards various charitable causes, including helping schools, orphanages and poor children.
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 6, 2010 -
Love Thy Neighbor: Why Have We Become So Suspicious Of Kindness? Most people, as they grow up now, secretly believe that kindness is a virtue of losers. But agreeing to talk about winners and losers is part and parcel of the phobic avoidance, the contemporary terror, of kindness. Because one of the things the enemies of kindness never ask themselves - and this is now an enemy within all of us - is why we feel it at all. Why are we ever, in any way, moved to be kind to other people, not to mention to ourselves? Why does kindness matter to us?
posted by jason's_planet
on Jan 3, 2009 -
"You cannot, for instance, praise the shoes of just one player. You must praise the entire group's shoes.
Assassin games have been featured before on MetaFilter, but here's one with a twist
. To assassinate your target, you must compliment them with their specific compliment. But you don't know your target, or even who's part of the game, so innocent bystanders can get caught in the crossfire.
posted by fvw
on Sep 21, 2006 -