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January 22 , 2010

The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 1)


This book contains 250 stories about good deeds, including these: 1) On 5 September 2012, rapper Game helped a bicyclist who had crashed his bike and was lying in a Los Angeles, California, street with his bike on top of him. Game pulled his car over, and after finding that the bicyclist was unresponsive, he called 911. Game said, “I couldn’t just keep driving seeing a man in pain with his head on the ground.” Paramedics quickly arrived and took the bicyclist to a hospital. Game said, “If that was me in that situation, I’d want someone to do the same thing.” 2) Irish playwright Brendan Behan was usually unkempt. Once he was rushing down an Irish street and knocked down a lady. He helped her up, saying, “I’m sorry, ma’am, if I have inconvenienced you in any way, and I hope no harm comes to you from this misadventure.” The woman said to the crowd that had gathered around, “There’s still manners and courtesy left in this country.” She then looked Mr. Behan over and added, “Even from the lowest of the low.” By the way, Mr. Behan once posted bail of £250 for a friend. The judge asked him whether he was sure he wanted to do this, since at the time this was a lot of money. Mr. Behan replied, “I’ve been speaking to the prisoner and impressed on him that while I am not a notorious upholder of the law I am a notorious upholder of my £250.” 3) In May 2012, Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) engineering student David Rankine was severely injured in an accident on I-65. Mr. Rankine said, “I didn’t remember the accident, but I always thought I had this dream of everything that happened, that transpired, and again the last thing I remember is holding someone’s hand. I kept telling someone that I felt someone was there, I knew someone was there … but everyone told me no one was there.” Actually, someone was there. She held his hand. Valerie Dunn, a nurse, stopped her car after she saw the accident. Ms. Dunn said, “Being a nurse, I felt so helpless. There was nothing I could do but hold him and talk to him.” Mr. Rankine met her later. He said, “I just can’t believe it, I really can’t. I’ve been crying the past couple of days because I didn’t know how I would act coming to see you today. Thank you, Valerie.”

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