I was in a pretty bad mood, all the negative aspects of existence seemed to be attacking my brain all at the same time. I was driving back home form Maadi through the remote area on Salah Salem when I found a man sleeping on the ground. I instinctively slowed down and kept watching him in my rear view mirror. Someone had stopped and was holding his arms now. I realized that he had passed out and I turned my flasher on and went back about 100 meters.
By that time, two other cars had stopped and two guys from a pick up truck. We sprayed water on the old man’s face and helped him to his feet. He stood up, weeping hysterically. We got him some juice to drink in case he was suffering from hypoglycemia.
The old man started explaining his sad story which was barely comprehensible forom all the crying. He had left his obscure town in search for a job in Cairo, he didn’t get it, now he had no money and was lost and was at a loss as what to do next, apparently, his children had abandoned him.
The two men from the pick up truck were amazing to watch. One held his hand with both of his and looked him straight in the eyes, his face expressing absolute compassion. The other held him in a one armed embrace like he was his mother, the concern in both their eyes was utterly sincere.
Both the men from the truck had ‘impoverished’ looks about them. Both were not well shaven, had shabby clothes and their skins looked worn by years of being exposed to the elements.
Many people talk about how ‘hopeless’ and ‘ignorant’ the less fortunate are. Right there in front of me was what could only be described as the most noble and moral of actions, sentiments and characters conceivingly possible. Thier care and sincerity was exceptional.
We all gathered all the change we had and gave it to the man. I’m sure the two truck drivers didn’t have that much money, but they donated to the old man anyways. Someone gave the man a ride to the nearest bus station.
There’s hope in humanity. If the most downtrodden of society can afford to be this compassionate, this beautiful, we probably can too.