Standing up for those in need, and especially strangers, is something that makes us fully human. It takes kindness and courage, but standing together, we can make the world a better place.
Take this story that was recently shared on the internet community Reddit. It’s about an event that recently took place at a movie theater. The writer, BrainKatana, witnessed a woman insulting a disabled man. But instead of looking away and pretending that nothing had happened, the everyday hero decided to put his foot down.
It may seem like the obvious thing to do. But the truth is, we all too often look the other way. So I hope that a lot of people read this story. May it be a cause for everyone out there to stand up for their fellow human beings!
“I was waiting in line to buy tickets at a movie theater, and there was a fellow in front of me with cerebral palsy (or MS, or some other horrible thing that puts you in a chair and messed up your body).
It was taking a while. I watched this guy struggle to open an envelope by holding it with his teeth and using his one functional hand.
I wasn’t sure what to do, or if offering to help would be insulting, so I just chilled.
He was doing it before the person in front of him was done with the cashier anyway, and it looked like he’d done this before.
He gets up to the counter and it takes him a minute to get out his Regal card and pay for the ticket.
The woman behind me started to make (loud) snide remarks about how ‘people like that shouldn’t be allowed to go to the movies.’
I was enraged. It was a kind of anger I’ve never experienced before.
At first I didn’t know what to do.
She said something else, and the fellow in front of me paused.
At that moment I turned around and said to her, ‘We should all be so lucky to wait in this line on our own two feet. Keep your disingenuous thoughts to yourself.’
The woman looked shocked and the guy behind me leaned over to his date and said, ‘Daaaaaaaaamn…’
His date was looking at me like she’d just splooshed her pants.
The woman behind me shut her mouth.
It took a moment longer for the guy to get to the counter, but when I got there the girl at the register said I could go to any movie I wanted, that the gentleman in front of me had paid for me and said, ‘Thanks.’
If you’re out there, disabled guy, I didn’t do it looking for a reward.
I did it because sometimes people are real asshats, and no one deserves to experience what you did today.
Thanks for the movie ticket, though. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was awesome.”
Do you also think the guy in this story did the right thing? If so, please share! It just might inspire others to stand up for their fellow human beings!