Social media has the potential to introduce and unite people around the world. Through social media, we can meet people from other countries, other cultures, other backgrounds, and realize that for all our differences, we share common needs and wants. It’s incredibly hard to hate people you’ve come to know, to share joys and heartaches with, to bridge experience gaps with through laughter and learning. It seems, sometimes, that there are people out there who’d throw a monkey wrench into all that – as if keeping us apart, encouraging us to think of one another as “other” and something to be feared and distrusted, might actually serve them better than if we all learned to like and respect one another. Social media doesn’t make monsters of nice people; it enables the monsters among us to find one another faster.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could make those people – the mean-spirited, hateful, bigoted monsters – irrelevant, and just get on with learning to get along? Like Joe Thomas, a waiter at IHOP in Springfield, Illinois, who shows what it means to really take care of his customers:
And how about Florence Rigney, who, at 91, is the oldest working registered nurse in the US – maybe the world! – and is an inspiration to co-workers half her age. More companies would do well to hire and encourage older workers to stay active in the workforce, if only to goad the younger ones on. “You can never have a moment where you go, ‘Ugh, I’m too tired,'” hospital technician Greg Foland said. “If you hesitate for even a second she’ll just keep on going.” Read more about SeeSee Rigney, who began her career around the time penicillin was discovered, here:
Want to read more stories like these? The We Are the World Blogfest – #WATWB – was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there, the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope and the resilience of the human spirit. With your help, we hope to change the current landscape of social media, blogs, and news.