Among all the heartache, injustice and death in the world, one must remember that there is also beauty, strength and heroism.
This morning, I read this story from ABC News about a U.S. soldier who died in Afghanistan after he saved an Afghan girl’s life.
Sgt. Dennis Weichel, 29, died last week after he removed a young girl from harms way. She and some friends were on the road picking up shell casings, which are recycled for money in Afghanistan, when Weichel and fellow soldiers got out of their truck to move the children out of the way of other heavy trucks.
The children were moved to safety, but one of the girls darted back onto the road to collect more casings that lay under a passing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP). Weichel quickly moved to get the young girl out of the way. He was able to do so, but not before he was run over by the truck.
Weichel died from his injuries.
It is little stories like this that make me remember how beautiful the world can be because sometimes I forget. I know it ended tragically, but I think the story is beautiful. It takes great courage to put your life on the line, especially for someone you do not know. Weichel was selfless in his last moments on earth and I think that is truly touching. I wish more people were like Weichel and could act selflessly, instead of selfishly. Too often now a days are people filled with selfish thoughts that they often forget there are 6 billion other people on this planet. Maybe if we had more people like Weichel in the world, there would not be so much hatred, despair, death and war.
In his last moment, he gave a lifetime- and for that he died a hero.