If you need your faith in humanity restored, turn on the live footage of the rescue efforts going on in Houston right now.
The vast majority of boats, rafts, and other water vehicles being used to rescue people from their flooded homes are being captained by ordinary citizens -mostly young men between the ages of 20-40 - who owned fishing boats, kayaks, and rafts and just showed up to start helping people.
And on top of that - the attitude they have about using their time and personal property to save people’s lives isn’t about frustration and/or anger with the government and other first responders for not having enough resources. They’ve done nothing but praise the first responders that they are working alongside - and rightfully so as many of them have been on duty and working hard for over 24 hours.
The only sentiments I’ve seen these people share are sheer confusion at the number of times journalists have asked them why they are there and completely sincere answers stating that they are there to help their fellow neighbors and citizens because they are part of a community and it is their duty and responsibility to make sure people are safe and cared for.
I turned on the live stream yesterday because my parents live in Houston and I was worried about them (they are doing fine btw - minuscule flooding compared to the worst of it). I had only planned to watch for a little while but when I saw the level of compassion going on there, I just couldn’t turn away. I watched it all day and went to bed feeling good about people for the first time in a long time.
Stay classy, Houston. We’re rooting for you.