I just read this article about a study conducted where putting a surveillance camera would increase the chance of people helping others in need.
"Their research suggests that, if they believe their heroic or helpful action will be caught on camera, people who would otherwise remain passive have a strong incentive to “intervene to be seen."
Why is that? There is maybe a human greater need not so much to be seen, but to be counted, the comfort in knowing that somebody out there knows that you are a kind person, the effort to convince, maybe sublimally, that you are fundamentally good.
The kindness of strangers in action. Posting this picture so I will never forget how people have helped us on our travels. Yes, even without surveillance cameras. We were off to see the famous Iguazu waterfalls - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, as a major pitstop in our latin america backpacking adventure. It was raining and we have this brilliant idea to ditch our raincoats. Just jackets we should be good, you know, we're from a tropical-rainforest-climate-country, this little rain is peanuts. So we thought. We opted to take the bus and the waiting shed was in the middle of the road. So to flag a bus, you have to get out of the shed and walk to the other side. Why aren't the bus stopping by default, we have no idea. So with about 5 buses or more not stopping at all for us and more than an hour has passed with Nikki and I alternating on who runs to flag, we were drenched, cold, and completely confused. This stranger was looking over at us, probably silently laughing at our antics, and decided to put an end to this farce. He said he had a car nearby and offered to drive us to the Iguazu falls, 20 minutes away. Who are we to say no. We hurried to his car and along the way he told us stories about his life, how he learned to speak English and we exchanged stories about our life in our country. He was the one who told us this fact - Iguazu falls is so huge it borders three countries, right now where we stand if we could just have the right visa, we could be having breakfast in Paraguay, lunch in Brazil and dinner in Argentina. He dropped us off the entrance. The Iguazu falls was amazing, superb, scary, so powerful, we will never forget coming near it at the deck with its water spraying our faces. But this stranger dude, his act of random kindness -- will forever be etched in our memory.
It's moments like this that makes me hopeful about people in general. That's why we travel.