This is the last status that Ariel Castro posted on his Facebook account, just five days before he was arrested for the kidnap and rape of three girls. You’re right Castro, God is good, because he’s the entire reason you’re going to spend the rest of your life in jail.
Charles Ramsey, the guy who saved the three kidnapped women, is giving up over $25,000 in reward money and giving it to the victims.
Today’s lesson: Be more like this guy. Remind yourself that you’re not the center of the universe. If everyone just put themselves in other people’s shoes instead of only looking out for himself, then perhaps we’d all stop treating each other like crap.
Even if you’re selfish, there’s a reason not to be. Treat others poorly, and they in turn will treat others poorly. This keeps being transferred like a disease until one day it comes back to you and someone treats you poorly. So helping others benefits you as well. The benefits are just not as immediate.
…the memes, the autotune remixes and the laughing seem purely celebratory. But what feels like celebration can also carry with it the undertone of condescension. Amidst the hood backdrop—the gnarled teeth…the slang, the shout-out to McDonald's—we miss the fact that Charles Ramsey is perfectly lucid and intelligent…[Antoine] Dodson and [Sweet] Brown and Ramsey [are] all up in our gifs and all over the blogosphere because they’re not the type of people we’re used to seeing or hearing on our TVs. They’re actually not the type of people we’re used to seeing or hearing at all…
Last week, Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey was propelled to national fame when he saved the lives of three kidnapping victims while enjoying some McDonald’s for lunch. And thanks to his subsequent freewheeling TV interview, the world also learned that Charles Ramsey is a total weirdo.
Yes, Ramsey follows in the footsteps of Antoine “bed intruder” Dodson and a hatchet-wielding drifter named Kai, who rose to Internet stardom this past February after saving a California utility worker from a rampaging motorist claiming to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. But why is it that these strange citizens keep swooping into the fray like so many bat-shaped men? There’s a reason – and yes, it involves science.