An act of kindness. Strangers lending a helping hand. People from all walks of life sharing a few laughs. These are examples of the things in life that offer a ray of hope for the human race.
As the past few years seemed to have brought out the absolute worst in people during the bleakest of times, Redditor MOSTLYSANEBOI wondered if we as a species are still on the right track.
Curious to hear what strangers online have witnessed that left them feeling otherwise, the Redditor asked:
"What incident made you realize humanity is doomed?"
Educators have experienced sobering realizations about our youth.
"No event but being a HS teacher."
"why I have retired 10 years earlier than planned. i'll be very poor but I just can't do it anymore."
In Need Of A Reworking
"I actually gave one of my fellow educators a minor mental breakdown during lunch the other day by reminding them that our students are going to be of voting age in the next few years. I don't work in a terrible district or anything, but boy, if you guys only knew some of the stupid sh*t I've heard from these kids."
"I love them to death, but I feel kind of sad about some of the people that we have going out into the world. Our education system needs a huge reworking. But sadly, it's all by design."
People Are People
"At my previous job, nothing hit me harder than the time I met up with university students from Harvard to talk about our research project and realizing that they're no different from anyone else."
"The only thing that was different was the fact that they had better grades in high-school and or had some sort of family connection to the establishment (they all came from wealth despite their claims). Literally that's it."
"Up until that point, I figured that these students were amongst the best of the best in our field, when really they're just as good as me or anyone else who has had at least a few months of training, and even then, they're still... normal. They have flaws, ideas, dreams... just like you or me. People are people."
"Edit: Yes. A lot of them are genuinely smart and amazing people who earned their merits. But like I'm trying to convey, they're still just people like you or me."
Some people's behaviors warrant a face-palming, eye-roll-inducing combo.
Swipe, Then Swipe Some More
"I have to limit how much I view social media because there are so many absolutely disgusting people being cheered on and celebrated for things that they should be ashamed of."
"The search for toilet paper in 2020."
"Yeah that was wild. We ordered a bidet so we didn’t have to deal with it. It’s amazing how much less toilet paper we use now. It’s like 1 roll a month maybe."
People working in retail got more than they bargained for.
"I work retail and we are running 50% off this week. People are unable to tell how much 2 of the same product will cost. The products are priced with both the original price and the sale price."
"Retail is like this. Customers are f'king morons. I worked at a hardware store and so many people wanted male-male electricity plugs for their Christmas lights. We called this obviously not real item 'suicide wire.'"
"One couple came in and I explained why that is so unsafe. The husband was like 'oh yeah. Duh. We are dumb' while the wife kept arguing. Husband managed to cool her off but she still didn’t get it."
"EDIT: Also had a customer come in with an alarm clock he purchased saying it didn’t work even after putting the battery in it was stuck on a certain time. Without thinking I pulled the stock sticker off the front and showed him it worked just fine. Then I saw his mortified face and realized he didn’t even think to take the sticker off."
"I used to work produce. Had a customer ask me where the bananas were... while I was standing in front of a 6-foot tall wall of bananas, with a cart full of boxes of bananas... actively putting them on the wall of said bananas."
"Look man questions are free but you can't ask me to point something out while I'm actively holding said objects. I stared that f'ker down until he walked away cussing me out 'I just wanted to know where the bananas were."'
Tourists And Students In A Room
"I worked at a 24hr convenience store in Harvard Square in the 90s and dealt with mostly tourists and Harvard students. Seeing all these people from around the world and all of our 'brightest' minds collectively in one room made me realize just how stupid people are. It’s amazing we’ve gotten this far. Morons, all of us."
The Panic Is Real
"Probably after experiencing how rapidly many people turn into selfish, aggressive, uncivilised thugs over mundane things. Each year, when shoppers are allowed out in public, Black Friday degenerates into the charge of the barbarian hordes. I've seen deranged mothers clawing each other's faces over the last slightly discounted 4K TV. Fist fights over who is next into a store."
"Then we had the lock down in 2020 and I got to see shrieking harpies, pulling each other's hair out over toilet roll. Ramming trollies in aisles. Spitting and swearing nutters charging and tackling other shoppers over pasta and water. Bedlam."
"Recent 'fuel shortages' in the UK saw some areas beset by panic buyers, people getting assaulted on the forecourts. Road rage outside filling stations. Scenes not out of place in a Mad Max film."
"I shudder to imagine how people would react to a real crisis."
The following issues have a global impact but are continually being swept under the rug.
"I studied ecology and then taught Biology and Environmental Science for 16 years. Warnings from Scientists on climate change have become more and more dire, and global leaders/corporations continue to talk about taking action but they don't actually do what is required. They have instead become skilled at making the average citizen feel bad and responsible for it."
Ignoring Past Mistakes
"The absolute unwillingness to make decisions based on history. 'The last 3 times we tried it this bad thing happened but itll work this time' it doesn't."
The Plastic Problem
"Not rly an incident yet seeing the progression of one-time use plastic waste and how much plastic is thrown away every day. I work in a hospital. The amt of garbage one pt generates is stupid. In ICU, more stupid. And at my hospital there are about 300-400 inpatients every day. And there are 14 hospitals in just this metro area. This sh*t is all made from oil. One-time use take-out food containers…"
"When I realized psychopaths rise to positions of influence at a disproportionate rate."
"Something fundamentally self destructive about humanity, not enough people seek positions in society to better society. Far too often it’s selfish people seeking to abuse positions of influence for their own benefit even if it means screwing over everyone else."
And Then There's This
"I’d say 2 world wars in under 25 years would do the trick."
The question we should be asking ourselves is, "what can we do to save the human race?'
Because at this point, it seems that, as a species, we are going nowhere fast.
Allowing total failure is not an option.
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"What’s the scariest town/city you’ve been to, and why?"
"Bullet holes and burn marks could be seen on pretty much every building."
"I took a look via Google Earth, at some of the towns people mentioned and I found it!"
'Definitely not a place I'd want to go back to."
"Everyone talks about Gary, IN, but there is a town over the border in Illinois called Harvey, IL."
El Alto, Bolivia
"El Alto Bolivia."
"This was 15 years ago at least."
"It's above the habitable zone, and locals were openly fighting in the streets."
"Good times."- ooo-ooo-oooyea
Somewhere in New Mexico...
"I stopped at some gas station out in the middle of where-the-f*ck, New Mexico, only to pee."
"Parking lot not even completely paved.'
"Some David Lynch level sh*t."
"First of all, this place was huge for no obvious reason."
"As far as I know, there wasn't a town nearby."
"I mean, it was isolated out in the desert."
"When I entered, there was a store in there, like a convenience store."
"I passed through that, and entered a hallway."
"There was a restaurant in there, completely empty."
"I follow the signs to the restroom, and go down this hall."
"I could hear this sound echoing down this crazy hallway."
"The hallway has a bend in it, and I'm starting to wonder how f*cking big is this place?"
"A group of young boys are there, crowded around the machine."
"They just play the game with inscrutable faces, silently, like cats surrounding a mouse."
"The hall continues, and so do I."
"Where the g*ddamned f*ck is the toilet.'
"This hallway is disturbingly long and I've been driving for two and a half days."
"I like my bathrooms simple and direct."
"This does not seem to be either of those things."
"It is now silent, but for the stench so bad it was nearly foggy in there."
"Somebody's feet under the sh*tter door."
"I get out quick."
"Walk past those seemingly soulless and bored boys."
" Why the hell is this hallway even here?"
"So I do."
"I get in the car."
"'Do you feel better now?'"
"'No. Actually I don't'."
"'You shoulda seen this place'."- Alternative-Amoeba20
"No, it's not a story of how dangerous it is, or how cops tell you to run red lights ."
"That happens, but it's mostly myths that get perpetuated by people who never visited."
"Gary is just desolate."
"It's almost post apocalyptic."
"It's one of the few places in America that actually feels heavy to be in."
"My mom and most of her family is from there and the town is just so damn sketchy."
"People being shot the next street over seems like a daily thing."
It's sad to hear about these places, and the hard times they've fallen under.
Listen ... we're just gonna be totally honest with you.
The answer is "not much" IF loved ones can come too.
Reddit user benharper09 asked
Whole Squad Comes With
"This is a big one. Our entire support system is either here in town or within 2 hours away."
A Jobhomer simpson job GIFGiphy
"Um, job opportunities? Europe doesn't let you just up and live there if you want to."
"There are obviously a few exceptions, but as a general rule I don’t see it happening."
Are We Even Wanted?
"Do they even want us?"
"Not if you are old without money. Or young without skills."
Pros Over Cons
Language Barrierseason 10 friends GIFGiphy
Once You Understand, It Makes It Hard
"Being able to guarantee my safety as a practicing Jew."
"I love Europe, have loved my time in Europe, but the track record on that score .....is not great."
MoneyThe Simpsons Money GIFGiphy
"Particularly thankful today to be "somewhere else" with my teens and twenties daughters."
"All the help you need is on Reddit. Lots of helpful people and resources."
Marketable Skill Or Marriage
"That can be expensive or daunting even if you're just doing it to change jobs and stay in the US."
AS Long As There Is No Dragonsstop motion horror GIFGiphy
"The castles look nice, but the threat if dragons keep me away."
"Did the smith and the cobbler survive the dragon strike? Or did the plague do them in?"
"So you have 'dragon season' like we have Hurricane season and Tornado season. Got it."
"We have sorted that problem in Wales and advertise the fact on our flag."
"The dragons you see coming. It's the rats that get you"
You've seen what Reddit has to say, so now it's your turn at the mic.
Americans, what would it take for YOU to head across the pond to live in Europe?
Men have this reputation for being simple, straightforward creatures.
At least as far as the women of Reddit are concerned.
Reddit user Theunknowndud asked:
"Women, what do you find the most confusing about men?"
These fine femmes saw an opportunity to vent and ask questions and they absolutely ran with it.
Here's what they most wanted to know about.
Not Going To The Doctorperry cox whatever GIFGiphy
"It's like reading my own mind."
"Wall is permanent mess is temporary"
"English is not my first language and I'm kinda tired but hope what I wrote makes sense."
Breath, I Forgot To BreatheBreathe Schitts Creek GIF by CBCGiphy
"Dude it's so fukin true that i was taking a deep breath as i was reading ur comment."
"Are you ok? Anything you need to talk about?"
"Damn you really hit the nail on the head there."
- User Deleted
Going Into Screensaver Modelooking homer simpson GIFGiphy
"I actually do this a lot."
"Also when I’m in the shower I will just stand and think."
"I’m usually thinking how to solve a problem that will probably never occur."
"It's a way to trick your brain to go idle long enough to enter screensaver."
Power Saving mode
"My gf is still baffled at the fact that I can just turn off my brain and not think of anything"
"No Cowboy, we don't all do that. Y'all have some magic happening. Sounds nice."
One Of The Worlds Mysteries
"Can confirm, i got a got a penis and im still confused how it works at times."
Forgive And Forgeti forgive you hug GIF by Kim's ConvenienceGiphy
"I also find it weird how men will fight each other and then be best friends the next day."
"Coincidentally, just yesterday I was reminiscing on a friend and me getting into a fight. I hit him over the head with a glass bottle and he gave me a really clean two-piece in response."
"Some women feel more like an actual criminal record that never gets expunged."
I Am OkayAnimated GIFGiphy
"A serious answer is because we don't want to panic and cause an issue"
"This is it right here. As soon as a calm guy starts panicking, everyone is panicking."
"TLDR: Someone will have to fix it, and panicking makes problems harder to fix."
They Jiggle Jiggle...
"I gotta tell you, the penis doesn't weigh much."
"A boob weighs more, and you ladies have two of them."
"I'm a guy and I didn't know this, lol. Neat."
... at this point I might be more confused than I was going into this article.
Australians shared some information with us after Redditor emchmu123 asked the online community,
"There are more wild camels..."
"There are more wild camels in Australia than the Middle East."
"In some parts..."
"In some parts of the country you are closer to space than the nearest town."
That's another way to hammer this point home.
"While I was working..."
Wow, you guys have everything.
Why do you get all the good stuff?! What about the rest of us?!
"I've never had..."
"I’ve never had shrimp on the barbie - ever!"
I love magpies. They are the mascot of chaos and destruction.
"That there are..."
"That there are vast areas of rainforest as well as the better-known desert areas."
And it's beautiful! You forgot to mention that it's incredibly beautiful.
"The last confirmed death..."
This is exactly the kind of propaganda a deadly Australian spider would spread.
"It was a conservative government..."
"It was a conservative government that introduced gun control laws."
"You're supposed to eat Vegemite toast..."
Hang on a second!