59. The number of people who are no longer with us. 527. The number of people who were directly affected by one individual’s choice to view people as objects. 1. The number of hearts beating within each of us. 0. The number of times a stranger hesitated in Las Vegas to see beyond race, age, and gender to help another stranger in need. This was a senseless and cowardly act by one man who forever changed the lives of thousands of people. Families who lost loved ones too soon.
Despite the tragedy, a singular picture emerged. A picture filled with heroes. People who did not look at each other in judgment over their gender, race, or beliefs. They were people who looked beyond the physical to see what binds us all together as humans, their heart. Everyday people walk the streets facing personal struggles. They feel alone and misunderstood. Sometimes all it takes is the kind word or act of a stranger to remind us that beyond physical appearances and personal perspectives, we are the same. We experience fear, hurt, and loss. Many of us are lucky enough to have people in our lives to offer comfort and support. If we learn nothing else from the unspeakable violence that occurred in Las Vegas, it is that love is always stronger than hate.
So, the next time you are traveling through an airport or walking the city streets feeling stressed and overwhelmed, take heart, and look for a stranger who just might be feeling the same way. Smile and acknowledge them because no matter what, in the end, we all have a heart.