A devout list-lover could spend hours looking at Buzzfeed’s amazing lists like the 7 Types of Crying Selfies You’ve Seen on Facebook, or 16 Street Gangs You’d Totally Join, and 21 Signs You Were Raised by Asian Immigrants.
This week’s list comes from the good people at BuzzFeed. 21 Pictures that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity was compiled by Jack Shepherd, the current community manager of BuzzFeed. And like so many great listers, he lives with his cats in NYC.
Each of Shepherd’s “moments” are written in the neutral, Helvetica font, which allows the content to speak, not the font.
His clear and anecdotal voice lets the reader get the gist of the story behind the photos, but allowing for personal reflection. And he really starts delivering at item #19 – This exchange between a protester and a soldier during a protest in Brazil.
Allowing the pictures to do the talking, Shepherd shares a story of a protest in Brazil. One of the army generals asks the people to stop protesting because it is his birthday. The protestors buy the general a birthday cake, and major hugging ensues. And to quote Shepherd, “Faith in Humanity: Restored.”
The most surprising item is #3, where three young men rescue a sheep from certain death (pictured right). The sheep had fallen into the treacherous sea, and through a riveting series of photographs, we see one man jumping at his own risk to save this sheep. It is a testament to their bravery.
It’s ironic that 21 Pictures that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity contained so many photos about animals. Is it because we don’t have enough pictures online of people doing nice things for people? Or is that cute animals are our go-to when we feel a little hopeless (those cute little cats getting air from the fireman did make me pretty happy).
21 Pictures that Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity resonates with the crowd that feels like the world lacks hope. Shepherd realizes the right photos can remind us that love abounds, and distracts us from war, famine, and marathon terrorism. And, for the most part, he delivers.
I give this list 3 check-marks out of 5.
By Elisha Stam