These Headlines Were Supposed To Make Us See There's Still Good In The World, But They Ended Up Doing The Opposite

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Watching the news these days can feel like just receiving wave upon wave of bad news. But every once in a while, they give us a brief reprieve with a nice, cute little human interest story.

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But...is it just me, or have these stories more and more often been kind of messed-up??? Like, I'm glad there's good people in the world helping out their fellow citizens, but...why do we live in a world where individual citizens have to step in because the government and healthcare systems have failed them?

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If you're wondering what I'm talking about, here are 27 "heartwarming" stories that are honesty just very, very messed up and prove that we need to make some serious systematic changes.

1.Like...it's really sweet of people to donate vacation time to new moms. But why is the company not giving parents adequate maternity leave in the first place?

2.These coworkers were also great, but again, why did this teacher with cancer not get unlimited sick days?

3.Same goes for this nurse with leukemia.

4.This seven-year-old's family wasn't going to be able to afford the $10,000 expense for her first brain surgery (after insurance), so she started selling lemonade to raise money. But, uh...why is our healthcare system so bad that a seven-year-old can't get life-saving medical care?

5.It's very sweet that this five-year-old wanted to pay off the school lunch debt of her classmates. But why are we giving five-year-olds "lunch debts" anyways?? Kids should not be in debt because they can't afford to eat.

6.Similarly, it's cool this high school set up a store for its students to purchase necessities through good deeds — but also, toilet paper is not a luxury that teenagers should have to earn for their families through good deeds?

7.It was really kind of this nurse to watch a sick man's dog until he was better. But why is there no system in place for situations like this?

8.I've got a lotttt of issues with the way workers are currently being treated, but I think they can all be summed up in how this worker getting a "goodie bag" for 27 years of loyal service was supposed to be a good thing.

9.This man's town raised $12,000 to tip this pizza delivery man, which was super nice and generous!! But also...no 89-year-old should have to work.

10.This video about a boy refilling potholes in his community was kind of cute on first glance. But when his efforts were met with...more equipment to keep filling potholes, I had to wonder why this task is falling to a 12-year-old.

11.Kudos to Ellen for helping this teacher out with her rent, but why do we live in a society where teachers can't pay their rent?

12.Principals should NOT have to pick up a second job (when does he sleep???) in order to help out their students — 90 percent of whom are living under the poverty line, and some of who are homeless. We shouldn't even be in a situation where kids* are homeless.

13.I'm not really sure what's sweet or cute about a 90-year-old walking six miles to get a COVID vaccine. Oh, and did I mention it was through a foot of snow that had fallen the night before?

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14.Black children being scared of the police — and some police trying to assuage their personal guilt about this matter through scaring them even further — is not a feel good story.

15.This kid is clearly very generous and sweet, but I just wish he lived in world where he didn't have to worry about homeless people being fed and could ask for something fun from Make-A-Wish.

16.This teacher should NOT have had to work from her hospital bed, just hours after surgery with a fever of 102.

17. Teachers also shouldn't have to rely on winning funding to teach well. They should just be given all they need to teach well right off the bat.

18.This "heartwarming" story about Home Depot employees building this kid a walker reallyyy glossed over the fact that the family's insurance company wouldn't pay for a real one for him.

a small kid in home depot being guided by their mom as they use a new walker
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19.An electric wheelchair for a child shouldn't have cost $20,000 in the first place.

20.It's cool that KFC bought this woman a car and all. But maybe we could also raise the minimum wage so single mothers can afford to buy or rent cars and not have to walk an hour to work each way.

21.How many times do I need to say that the lives of homeless people should not depend on the kindness of children and teenagers???

22.I guess I need to say it again. Teenagers should not be responsible for providing life-saving care.

23.Nor should they have to give up their college savings so their parents can pay rent.

24.Or start a lemonade stand to help their sick parents.

25.I definitely think parents should be free to bring their kids to class! But I also think that childcare needs to be more accessible so parents don't have to care for the children during class!!!

26.94-year-olds should NOT have to travel 600 miles to vote. Full stop.

27. And finally, I...honestly don't even have words for this one, either.