The following article, Missouri Teen Reminds Us About the Value of Compassion, was first published on Flag And Cross.
The world is full of dark and terrifying reminders about just how perilous our existence truly is.
With the threat of war, terrorism, and political upheaval dominating the news cycle as of late it can be easy for the human race to get a little down on ourselves from time to time. The dark and scary parts of the world tend to overwhelm the media, thanks to their addiction to conflict, putting an emphasis on the stories that make us feel good.
Of particular concern is the behavior of the American youth, who at times appear to be fully bereft with angst and venom.
But one Missouri teenager has restored our faith in humanity…at least for a few days.
“Everyone kept telling me the storm is coming and you need to hurry up and get home,” Gregory Beck told KMOV4. Getting home, however, is not so easy for Beck, who lost both his legs last year and is legally blind due to diabetes.
As Beck was attempting to cross a busy street to get to a nearby gas station, multiple drivers were honking and yelling at him — however, to one teen’s surprise, no one was helping.
Seth Phillips, 16, spotted Beck and immediately asked his mother if they could stop to help.
This is where things took a turn for the best.
“This lady and her son were hollering at me like, ‘Are you okay?” Beck told the news outlet. “Very lovely lady driving and her son. Just the greatest people and very concerned about other people, which America needs to start doing more of.”
Seth pushed Beck in his wheelchair up a hill to his home — a hill that Beck says takes him 25 minutes to traverse. He has to stop up tp 10 times to rest before he makes it to his door.
We can only hope that the example set by young Seth Phillips will resonate with other American teens.
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