Monday, 28 February 2011

There are Good People Out There

I’ve never totally forgotten this quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’, spoken by Mark Anthony at Caesar’s funeral.  The famous speech begins: “Friends, Romans, countrymen...” and the beginning of this part is:  “The evil that men do lives after them....”  How true.  It reminds me of when I was teaching –you never forget the naughty kids but hardly remember the good ones.  There are so many people that do so much good but you never hear about them. Certainly, they don’t make the news. On Saturday however, when our neighbour  M, arrived to watch the rugby, he couldn’t wait to tell us of his experience outside our small, local supermarket. He went in to make his purchases, noticing the persistent sound of an African drumbeat outside. When he came out he saw that the ‘Men At The Side of the Road’ – those that hang around hoping to find work, were now all standing in an orderly queue, holding paper plates and at the front was a man with an old truck, from which he was dispensing steaming plates of curry and rice from two huge pots.  This was lunchtime – past the hour when the lucky few would have been picked up for a day’s gardening or whatever. The drum was still being softly beaten by someone and several of those queuing were dancing to its beat. 

1 comment:

  1. Yes, there ARE Good People everywhere, bless their big hearts! The good deed you observed is a pretty big good deed, but even the smallest favor can cultivate warm and fuzzy feelings about the state of humanity.