It’s easy to become cynical about human nature. Just open the newspaper to any random page and you’ll likely find a story of cruelty and stupidity.
And even the well-intentioned can be overwhelmed by the difficulty of improving the world. Most of the readers of this blog, say, would love to help dogs, but may not have a clear idea of how to do that. I usually count myself among them.
So I’m passing along a two-fer: An opportunity to redeem your faith in human nature and to help a dog.
Jim McBean of DoggyBytes.ca isn’t exactly a stranger — he’s been a guest blogger on this site — but I don’t know his cousin Theresa. Or her family. I do know, through Jim’s blog today, that their dog, Ginger (aka Shugie), needs life-saving surgery. So go over to his site and read the story. Then make a donation, even just a little one. I did, and it’s made me feel better about myself and about the world.
Try it. You’ll see.
Update: By coincidence, I just came across an article in The Week about the nature of compassion, how it’s easier to wrap your head around the plight of a single sufferer — in the article’s example, a small dog lost at sea — than a group in distress. It’s a fascinating excerpt from a book called The Hidden Brain by Shankar Vedantam. Check it out here.