Basic Human Compassion
Yesterday, I wrote about basic competence. Today, on this 15th anniversary of 9/11, I commend basic human compassion. I heard a report on NPR about a new musical that opened a couple of nights ago called Come From Away. It tells the story of what happened when 38 planes were unexpectedly grounded in Gander, Newfoundland as the air traffic controllers cleared the skies on September 11, 2001. Suddenly, there were more than 6,000 unanticipated visitors in town with a population of not quite 12,000. Basic human compassion was the theme of the day, and Gander just welcomed the travelers in. Gander opened their homes to them. They cooked food for them, they clothed them, they treated them like family. It’s a little known story for now, but I have a feeling it’s about to be big time. It’s good to see the good in things. It gives us hope and courage to do the same.
To hear the full NPR story, click here:
To learn more about the musical, click here: