Sometimes Humanity Surprises Me Into Believing In It Again

Saw this on reddit and wanted to reshare, but it was too long to tweet: Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis

Yasuteru Yamada

“I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,” he says.

“Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 or 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.”

Someone in the comments posted:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

A society falls when old men cut down trees whose shade they know they’re not going to need any more.

Which someone replied to the 2nd saying with:

Welcome to the United States

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