Good News

Bamiyan Buddhas Rise Again in Light

From The Atlantic

Reproductions like Afghanistan’s laser Buddhas are inadequate substitutes for destroyed artifacts, but they can nevertheless defy that destruction and preserve some measure of cultural patrimony. In a report on the situation in ISIS-held Mosul this week, the BBC’s Ghadi Sary told a story about leaving a reproduced sculpture of a winged bull (ISIS had destroyed the original) in his hotel room, only to later find a note on it apparently written by someone on the hotel staff: “It said, ‘My greetings to you and to whoever sculpted this. It smells of our civilization. It smells of our lost heritage.’ Signed, ‘The son of Iraq.’”

I wonder how technology will allow us to recreate what times and terror take away. I wonder, in a philosophical sense, if this is a good thing, but I have to say, I was devastated when these statues were destroyed and am happy to see them come back, even in photonic form. 

Wherein Leslie Jones Is the Best Thing About the Olympics

Y'all. How happy are we that Leslie Jones didn't leave Twitter after all? Because if she had, we wouldn't be treated to her Olympics Twitter feed. A few highlights below:

 

....so yeah. New life goal: Watch the Olympics with Leslie Jones. Because this is kinda exactly what I sound like this week too.

Alabama Pastor Stands Up To Racism

You want to talk about a story of courage? How about a man who laid his job and livelihood on the line to speak truth to his congregation about racism:

Lots of people talk a good game about loving people of all races/ethnicities until their jobs are on the line. Then, they grow silent. Jonathan got louder. Even though the church was small, he was full-time there because they had people who could support him. He doesn’t have a job to go to or the means to support his family, and even though his job was threatened he did not bow the knee.

Read the whole story here. There's no happy ending here yet. This guy still is out of a job, but I hear the Southern Baptist Convention may step in. 

Aerie

Today's good news post comes from the CBS affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska, which caught this hawk getting friendly with one of its weather cams: 

A Misunderstanding Corrected

From The Bloggess:

...And then he stared at me for a minute and all his anger washed away and he said, “Oh.  Shit.  My bad.  Turn it up.” And so I did, and “Call Me Maybe” was still on and HE SANG IT ALONG WITH ME.  Like, even doing a little dance in his car.  And suddenly it went from hurt feelings and road rage to a weird, impromptu highway dance party.

Seriously, click over and read the whole thing. What a wonderful story; thank you for sharing it, Jenny.

Houston Police Officers Wash Blind Homeless Man's Feet

HOUSTON - A candid picture of an HPD cop is warming hearts all over Houston. It shows the officer washing a homeless man’s feet.

The officer is Sgt. Steve Wick with HPD’s Homeless Outreach Team.

The homeless man’s name is Quintus. He works on the streets selling newspapers.

The day the picture was taken, officers said Quintus had soiled himself. While cleaning him up, Wick and Officer Colin Mansfield discovered his toenails were “really, really long.”

The officers cleaned his feet, cut his toenails and then gave him a place to shower.

Which reminds me of this story: 

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.” 

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So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you,a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

If you want to get your needs met, you have to meet others'. Let's all see if we can find a way to do that today.