The first piece of great writing to to note here was by Michael Mooney for the September issue of D Magazine. "Signs of the Homeless" was about Dallas area man Willie Baronet, who as Mooney wrote "has been buying and collecting signs made by homeless people for 20 years" and it's a tremendously interesting read that trafficks in the ideas of charity, commerce and contribution.
Another piece of excellent recent writing was from the Washington Post on September 7th. "Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz" was written by Thomas Harding tells the story of Brigitte Höss, the now elderly daughter of Rudolf Höss, Kommandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The piece is a pretty amazing one and Harding towards the end of it included a quote that very much made me think of this aforementioned theme of humanity. Speaking of Brigitte, the son of a Jewish Virginia couple who employed her even knowing who her father was said "she is a human being, she was not responsible for her father."
The final thing to note on this subject of humanity came out of a Twitter request by Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch with him asking people for pictures of the "single best moment in their lives". The resulting flood of images resulted in multiple stories on it with several of the pieces that included a number of the images being ones by CNN, by Fast Company, by The Chive and by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
There are a ton of great images that I've seen retweeted from this request and below are a few of the tweets that particularly struck me...
@richarddeitsch My 3 year old, Zoe, walking less than 24hrs after her 3rd open heart surgery. #myinspiration pic.twitter.com/xS4z6zjc71
— Caleb Lihn (@CLihn) August 17, 2013
@richarddeitsch today my daughter met her brother for the first time... pic.twitter.com/Zg4hvc2uJO
— BW (@bdubs20) September 10, 2013
Love. RT @ssharpwft: 1 of my top moments in life - Zoe 1st meeting her lil bro Sean & his reaction :) pic.twitter.com/03rsd4Wxca
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 16, 2013
@richarddeitsch The day my wife woke up after her double-lung/heart transplant. pic.twitter.com/JEYalwt6lr
— Ryan Kaltenbach (@RyanKaltenbach) July 9, 2013