Some of the footage captured on security cameras is astonishing. In this compilation video, we see people stealing, dealing, kissing, attacking, vandalizing and going crazy. Or so the video text implies. It turns out to be one of the most uplifting videos many have seen in a long time. The clip was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2011 by LoveEverybody.com, and the Facebook link was titled, ‘Shocking Footage!’ Okay, so most of us with inquiring minds got sucked into that one. Thinking we might feel guilty for what we were about to see, lo and behold, we get slapped upside the head with a big dose of happy, and all to the sound of Supertramp’s, Give A Little Bit!
The short video was quickly embraced by social media and became a hit. Then oddly, in 2013, the same video suddenly appeared in a Coke commercial… during the Super Bowl Game of all places. Of course after that kind of exposure this video will go down in history. What’s interesting, is that most Super Bowl ads debut on the day of the game. The fact that this video was circulating all over the internet for two years prior, is a bit of a wonder. Did the mega soda giant, Coca-Cola, originally turn down the video in 2011, then pick it back up after seeing the success it achieved on social media? Or was this all part of the plan? Doesn’t really matter. They made an excellent decision.
Regardless of when, or why this video was made, most of us are just plain happy someone decided to make it and put it out. It warms the heart. Some of the random acts of courage and kindness are pretty shocking. One scene shows a man pushing a stalled vehicle over a railroad track, then barely getting away with his life, before the train races by. I lose my breath each time I see that one. Another act of bravery shows a man jumping into the street, in front of an oncoming car, to save a little dog. Who’s not gonna love that guy?
I’m a bit of a fanatic about this little jewel of a video, and okay, yes, I’ve watched it more than a few times. It lifts my spirits and has easily maintained the #1 spot on my personal Top 25 Videos Everrr, for the last 52 weeks. I mean what’s not to like about it? It’s a happy feel-good piece that makes us smile. And we all need…to smile.
|Leslie Salzillo is a mother, activist, Rush Limbaugh boycotter, political commentator and visual artist.|