Are you tired of watching "social experiments" online? This author isn't because of experiments like this one. Let me explain. This video already has over 22 million views, and we'd sure like to see it get at least 22 million more! Before you watch this, I'd like to ask a favor of you. Close your eyes and picture a child that you love dearly. Or, imagine yourself at the age of seven. Then watch and imagine that the little boy in this video is you.
It's 5 degrees and windy in the city that never sleeps, New York City. A homeless boy dressed in only a torn tee shirt tries to make eye contact with passers-by, but few do, and those that do make eye contact continue to walk by. At one point, the boy takes his only possession, a thin garbage bag, and gets himself inside of it as best he can. He lays down directly in the path of all who are strolling along that sidewalk. There are many.
Watch what happens. Most people act as if he doesn't even exist. Some look at him, but still walk away. He could die in those conditions, and would if he stayed there for not too much longer. Two hours go by, and nobody stops to help. Nobody. Zero. Nada.
Finally, a man does stop and kneels beside him. He asks the child if he is homeless. He asks where his family is. He asks how old he is (he is seven-years-old). He asks if he is hungry. He gives him his coat and explains that he, too, is homeless. He shows such obvious compassion to the boy as he tells him that he is too young to be homeless, but when you are homeless, you look out for one another.
That is when the experiment comes to a halt as the two older brothers of the boy actor, who were recording the experiment, come out from hiding and generously thank the homeless man who stopped to are for their brother.
My friends, this is not a lesson for little boys. Nor is this a lesson for the homeless. This is a lesson for all of humanity. As you will see at the end of the video, the lessons to be learned are clear:
"If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you'll end up not doing anything for anybody." ~ Malcom Bane
"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving." ~ Mother Teresa
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