Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Transmission

Take Five Minutes And Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Gulp.
Gulp.
A major fad in Russia, video cameras mounted on car dashboards -- known as "dash cams" -- have been used to document horrific car crashes, instances of police corruption, freakish episodes like a tank crossing a busy highway, or just plain reckless driving.

(RFE/RL’s Moscow correspondent, Tom Balmforth, wrote about the trend in November.)

The dash cams have even recorded terrifying plane crashes and, most famously, perhaps, a large meteor ripping through the atmosphere in the skies above Chelyabinsk in February, causing widespread damage and injuries.



So it’s refreshing to see a compilation of dash-cam videos that captures -- not moments of terror -- but random acts of kindness across Russia.

It’s hard to choose a favorite clip from the LiveLeak video, which is set to a swelling Hollywood-style score.

Is it the driver who gets out of his vehicle at a busy intersection simply to help a cat cross the road? Or the man who stops his car to help a pedestrian on crutches as he tries to stand up after having slipped in the middle of an icy street? (Although it can't help but be noted that many people drive right on by and don't bother to stop.)

In perhaps the most dramatic sequence, a small child, barely able to walk, is seen stumbling onto a highway into the path of oncoming traffic, his parents -- indeed, any adult -- nowhere in sight. A truck driver stops and rescues the child.

Why not take a few moments to watch this video and restore your faith in humanity?

-- Grant Podelco
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by: Anonymous
May 08, 2013 02:36
I just wasted 5 minutes of my life watching this video. Good deeds occur everywhere in the world, why should anybody be surprised by this?
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by: Barbara Murphy-Bridge from: Nova Scotia, Canada
May 08, 2013 21:20
" Why should we be surprised by this ? " -
Perhaps because we rarely see random acts of kindness documented ; I'd like to thank the people who took
the time to make this video clip , it was heartwarming.
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by: Mike See from: Hamilton, Ontario
May 13, 2013 16:49
Actually we see them documented all the time but the news agencies don't make money from them so they are usually called fluff pieces. You know, the news stories you tune out, or change the channel on, or skim over on your newspaper.

by: Will from: Alaska
May 08, 2013 07:21
There is Beauty in this World as evidenced here through People that Care. I for one would love to see more of the good we humans do as opposed to the vast majority of sensationalistic negativism spun through all forms of our media. Thank you Grant and to those instrumental in recording these scenes!

by: Lindsay Hill from: Victoria, Canada
May 08, 2013 16:29
RFERL should stop using ripped off videos and link to the actual creator's YouTube video, which is clearly given in the credits! www.youtube.com/user/ArkadiYM93
. . . and the video is at http://youtu.be/MGEiA80ZL08
Journalistic integrity is still a thing, right?
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by: Rum Monk from: North-by-Northwest KY
May 11, 2013 00:52
I do not understand your complaint. You are correct the link's address is clearly given - that shows that no one was trying to rip anyone else off, I should think. No matter what the attempt at bringing attention to acts of kindness there will always be people such as yourself and Anonymous doing their very best to cover it up with superfluous, gratuitous replies... how tragically miserable your life must be, really.

by: Terrichka from: USA
May 09, 2013 11:40
I, too, have experienced the kindness of a Russian stranger, when I had a flat tire in Krasnodar. Having lived many years as an expat in Russia, where life is hard and people have enough problems of their own, without getting involved in other people's problems, it was heartwarming to watch.

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