Every day we see people acting thoughtlessly, without care for others.
Reckless car drivers endangering lives of other road users. Financial speculators who drive down stock prices and ruin the lifesavings of other investors. Leaders who make secret deals to enrich their own pockets at the expense of other people's livelihoods. Corporate head honchos who bask in the comforts of their air-conditioned office while their staff fearlessly defend the company's honour in a neighbouring country but end up suffering in jail.
Yet we also have examples where people act nobly against their own self interest.
There are parents that risk their lives to save their kids. Lovers who donate a kidney to save their partner’s life. Employees who risk being harmed for the safety and confidentiality of their bosses.
History is filled with tales of people such as Mother Theresa, Gandhi and Martin Luther King who devote their lives to something they whole-heartedly believe in.
Here's a video of everyday people caught on camera risking their lives to save others.
In the palm oil industry, there are many greedy people who do not hesitate to hurt others for self gain. But then again, there are also quite a few honourable personalities who courageously make good on their promises and remain steadfastly loyal.
As a journalist, I have had my fair share of betrayals and disappointments. Despite these hurtful episodes, I would still like to think humanity will prevail over selfishness.