What are some of the best moments of humanity?

1. The Bus Riders

When a passenger attempted suicide, these quick-thinking bus riders intervened, saving the life of a stranger.

2. The Brothers At Nagasaki

The photograph above was taken by US Marines photographer Joe O’Donnell shortly after the bombing of Nagasaki. He saw and smelled things beyond imagining, and the experience left him with depression in his later years.

Yet according to O’Donnell’s son, the image above affected him more than any other.The younger child in the picture is dead. The older boy is his brother, and he’d carried his sibling on his back to a crematory. The older boy stayed and watched his brother burn yet refused to cry.

He bit his lip so hard it bled.The boy had just lost everything to the most destructive force known to mankind. Yet, barefoot, he’d carried his sibling’s body to ensure he was honored properly. It’s a story of the extremes of sadness and bravery—and the photograph captures both.

3. Jacqueline Nyeptipei Kiplimo

During the 2010 Zheng Kai marathon, Jacqueline Nyeptipei Kiplimo, a world class runner from Kenya, noticed a Chinese disabled athlete was struggling to open a bottle of water.

Instead of leaving the man to bag the top spot in the race, she passed an open bottle of water to the dehydrated runner, slowing her race time down.

Not only that, she ran with him from the 10km to the 38km mark, helping him at all water stations. Jacqueline consequently came second in the race and failed to win the $10,000 cash prize.

4. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

5. Tank Man, Jeff Widener, 1989

On the morning of June 5, 1989, photographer Jeff Widener was perched on a sixth-floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel. It was a day after the Tiananmen Square massacre, when Chinese troops attacked pro-democracy demonstrators camped on the plaza, and the Associated Press sent Widener to document the aftermath.

As he photographed bloody victims, passersby on bicycles and the occasional scorched bus, a column of tanks began rolling out of the ­plaza.

Widener lined up his lens just as a man carrying shopping bags stepped in front of the war machines, waving his arms and refusing to move.

The tanks tried to go around the man, but he stepped back into their path, climbing atop one briefly. Widener assumed the man would be killed, but the tanks held their fire.

Eventually the man was whisked away, but not before Widener immortalized his singular act of resistance. Others also captured the scene, but Widener’s image was transmitted over the AP wire and appeared on front pages all over the world.

Decades after Tank Man became a global hero, he remains unidentified. The anonymity makes the photograph all the more universal, a symbol of resistance to unjust regimes everywhere.

6. The Black Saturday Bush Fires

A series of bushfires took place in Victoria, Australia, on Saturday 7th February 2009. The Black Saturday bushfires is regarded as one of the worst bushfire disasters in history, as 173 died and 414 people were injured following the 400 recorded individual fires.

Here a kind-hearted fire fighter takes a break to give a koala a drink of water following the fire.

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