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There's No Better Gauge of Our Humanity Than the Random Kindness of Strangers

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | February 19, 2014 | Comments ()


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It’s been a bummer of a week for various reasons that need not be discussed on a pop-culture website, although the neverending piles of snow that continue to drop on New England are not helping matters. There were, however, two faith restoring videos I’ve seen today that have not only provided the warms and fuzzies, but were a nice reminder that most people we encounter are inherently good.

The first, which I’ll just link to over on Uproxx, was a behind-the-scenes farewell video that the Saturday Night Live cast made for Seth Meyers. It’s generous, and sweet, and lovely, and the kind of video that makes you want to be a guy like Seth Meyers, who will always have your back. Maybe it’s a silly thing to say about a sketch comedy show, but I honestly feel — after seeing the video — that the cast and crew on that show are better people for having known Meyers.

The other is this video that popped up on Reddit. It’s Norwegian, and I have no idea what it’s for (is it a PSA for something?), but I don’t to ruin any illusion I might have by finding out more about it. Basically, there’s a kid on a bench at a bus stop with no coat, and we get to see how various Norwegians react to a cold child.

It’s simple, powerful, and heart-warming in any language.



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  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Have your buddy's step-aunt send some of that sweet Internet money to Syria by way of Norway.

  • Uriah_Creep

    You're truly a "glass half-full" kind of guy, aren't you, Dustin?

    I'm more of a "glass is fucking empty" guy.

  • e jerry powell

    My Norwegian isn't what it should be; thank the YouTube for English captions.

    Nice for a hidden camera reality setup over several days. The kid is an actor set there intentionally during a particularly cold winter to see how people would react. His improv pretext is that he's waiting for his teacher/class to meet there for a field trip.

    I didn't know it got that cold in Damascus, though it may be metaphoric, given circumstances. It is a PSA.

    The end card:
    "The children in Syria are freezing.
    Text SOS to 2160 (90 krone [about $14.81]) and provide a warm jacket.
    SOS MAYDAY is a network of people who act when a crisis occurs."

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's certainly not as cold in Syria, but the temperatures there can get almost to the freezing point during the night.

  • Jifaner

    It looks like an ad for a program that sends aid. Lovely message, we need more like that around here.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The Norwegian clip is asking for donations for Syrian children: "Barna i Syria fryser" (Children in Syria are freezing).

    It's a good clip. Unfortunately, the subtitles are badly aligned.

  • e jerry powell

    True, but it gets all of it in there eventually.

  • cruzzercruz

    I don't think it's silly to say that, even though it's a sketch comedy show, these people are better for knowing Seth. Production is one of those industries where people spend so much time together in such close proximity, sharing their ideas and outlooks, that it creates strong bonds between them. I've been in production for three years, and I've spent more time with coworkers than I have with my family and other friends. Especially on the creative side, these people really get to know each other.

  • Nathan Convey

    I think in terms of a job, working with someone you love can be the difference. I had a job that I really didn't like a few years ago, and it bummed me out for a long time. Then this new guy started work and we got along really well, and suddenly it wasn't so hard to get up in the morning. I wasn't going home miserable at the end of the day either.
    I especially liked that SNL video because Seth tends to get a lot of shit from people who didn't like his tenure as head writer or think he's smug or whatever. But I enjoyed his tenure as much as any of the others (more because Bill Hader is my favourite cast member of all time) and I've only ever heard good things about him as a person.

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