Saturday At The Movies

A Norwegian children’s charity left a thinly-dressed 11-year-old boy shivering at a bus stop in the winter cold to test how many people would spontaneously help him.

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The advert is part of a new fund-raising campaign SOS Barnebyer is launching to provide blankets and shelter to displaced children in Syria. The organization said the boy had volunteered for the role and had not been harmed by the cold.
“He’s an engaged 11-year-old boy, and his family are already sponsors of SOS Barnebyer,” she said. “The family have a big heart and they really wanted to contribute. He got a small salary for the job that he did for us, but he wanted to do it because of the situation for the children in Syria.”

From Boston To Iraq To Syria: Nobody Deserves To Get Blown Up, At Anytime

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Via @AnonymousOpsIRC on Twitter: From Boston to Afghanistan, nobody deserves to get blown up at anytime. #peace not #war

American comedian Patton Oswalt posted a thoughtful response to the Boston bombings on his Facebook wall, reflecting on the goodness that remains in the world:

…I don’t know what’s going to be revealed behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the percent of the population on this planet. You watch videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out…This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointing the way towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness…(click here to read in full)

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graphic: Aaron Paquette

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Whenever darkness crosses our path, we all have a choice in how we respond.

More links:

Boston Marathon Tragedy Met With Unbelievable Acts Of Kindness

Bomb Attacks Across Iraq Kill 50, Injure 300

CharterForCompassion.org