Most of the viral stuff online is either funny, or about cats. But as wise philosopher Thomas Hobbes once said, “life can be nasty, brutish and short”. And we’d like to add to that … it’s sometimes shocking as hell as well. Just check out these images that’ll blow your mind, make you cry, and humble you – before you go searching for those cat pics again.
If you ever wondered what it was like to be the only black student in an all whites school back in the 50’s, then just ask Dorothy Counts. Actually, this image says all that needs to be said. Her fellow students harassed, intimidated, and bullied her until her father pulled her from the school days later.
Waiting For Death
Vultures typically circle their prey as it dies. And when they land, they’re ready to eat. The next time someone reminds you to be grateful by saying “at least you’re not some starving kid in Africa”, this is the image you should be conjuring up in your mind.
Carrying His Dead Brother
During the American bombings over Japan in 1945, this image of a boy carrying his dead brother to the cremation grounds was quite customary at the time. Think of this the next time you complain about your first world problems.
Ever heard of a firing line but never seen one before? No, we’re not talking about what your boss will be doing to a bunch of employees this Friday. We’re talking about a bunch of Jews being lined up in 1939 by German soldiers, as they’re preparing to be shot. Now you know what it looks like, and by the look on the guy’s face in the front, you have an idea of what it feels like.
A Drawing Of Her Home
This young Holocaust survivor was asked to draw a picture of her home, and this is what she drew. And that’s how traumatic it was to be a young Jewish child during the 2nd World War.
In some zoos in the world, the keepers think the humane thing to do is paint a picture of their natural habitat on their very unnatural small enclosures. But they’re not fooling anyone, or animal. You’d think by now, in the 21st century we’d have learned better. Guess not.
Here, 12-year-old violinist Diego Frazao Torquato cries as he plays at the funeral of his teacher that saved him from the violence and poverty in the favelas slums of Brazil. Even sadder, poor Diego himself, died a year later.
Till Death Do Them Part
Here a Vietnamese soldier lies dead beside an image of his wife. This image is a reminder of how when one person is killed, many die as well.
Waiting For Her Owner
Here we see a dog named Leao laying beside the grave of her owner who died in the 2011 disastrous landslides that hit Rio De Janeiro. The dog waited for two days before being removed, proving they really are man’s (and woman’s) best friend.
In 1963 a major feud had boiled over between the Catholic Church and Buddhists. So in response, monk Thich Quang burned himself in the middle of the street in front of everyone as an act of protest. Now if this isn’t the best testament to the powers of meditation, nothing is.
Here at the funeral of a Kentucky officer killed in duty, unlike Leao, Figo here is fully aware of his owner’s fate. Absolutely heartbreaking.