Have you ever seen a picture that was more powerful than any of the words you could think of? They don’t come along very often but when you come across one it is something that sticks with you for a long time.
We are constantly seeing photographs on social media that are happy and uplifting, but sometimes we need to see the negative side of life as well. We are sometimes vicious and we take things for granted. The pictures below will make you thankful for what you have all the while making you question your actions as a person. After looking at these pictures you may not look at the world the in the same way.
1. The power of love and peace over weapons and violence.
2. ‘Wait for me, daddy’ Claude P. Dettloff (New Westminster, Canada Oct. 1, 1040.)
3. A five-year-old gypsy boy smoking. (Gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France)
4. Mother and daughter reunited after serving in Iraq for seven months.
5. Christians protecting Muslims in the middle of prayer during the uprising in Cairo of 2011.
6. A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano back in 1944.
7. A Wall inside an Auschwitz gas chamber.
8. Contrast between father and son. (1949 vs 2009)
9. The terrifying reality of the hand of a starving boy beside the hand of a missionary.
10. Advertisement missing children who are now likely in their fifties or older with parents still looking for them.
11. Russian soldiers moments before the battle of Kursk 1943.
12. ‘Handshake’ above the graves of a protestant husband and a catholic wife in Holland, 1888.
13. An old WW2 Russian tank veteran is leaning towards the place he spent his time in the war.
14.The aftermath of cyclone Nargis in southern Myanmar 2008. One of the millions left homeless.
15. A sunset on Mars.
16. A son pulling his alcoholic father in an attempt to get him up.
17. A firefighter giving a koala water after a devastating bushfire dangered many koalas in Victoria, Australia 2009.
18. A man overwhelmed with grief after learning his brother had been murdered.
19. A 12-year-old boy from Brazil named Diego Frazao Torquato, crying while playing the violin at the funeral of his favorite teacher. A teacher who had taught him the power of music against violence and poverty.
20. A heart surgeon after a 23 hour long successful heart transplant.
21. A young Syrian girl, one of the most powerful images I have found from the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
What do you feel when you look at the images above? Do these images make you happy about where we are in the world right now or do you feel as if you should be doing more for your community? No matter what you take from these images know that actions speak much louder than words, while not all of these images are negative they all should make you think.