I ❤ Reddit. That’s all I can say after yesterday’s AMA.
Reddit has never been short of AMA’s. For beginners, AMA is “Ask Me Anything”. It’s the place where the people with challenging jobs and bizarre experiences in life answer the questions put forth by the reddit community. There have been many AMA’s by Celebrities, Nobel Prize winning economists (Read Paul Krugman) and also ordinary people with challenging jobs.
But one AMA yesterday has struck the chord with the community like no other. That was the AMA by OceanSkys (his reddit username), a 23 year old with Stage IV Kidney cancer who said that he won’t be able to see 24. Oceanskys, a resident of Vancouver never foresaw what was going to happen next. Redditors, who are fun loving people with immense love to all things cute (there’s a subreddit called rawrr where people post cute pictures of cats and other animals and they are the ones which usually make it to the front page) were immensely touched. SO touched in fact, that they actually broke into tears.
Here’s a post by a member.
That was one of the several posts that expressed deep concern. He himself stated that people who he thought were mere acquaintances expressed more concern than many so-called close friends. And an internet community filled with strangers worldwide took it more seriously than anyone. People all over the world invited him to stay at their place and a person promised redditors that he would name his restaurant “OceanSkys”. Impressive Huh?
Finally, the catch? A female redditor with username z3phyr13 started a fundraiser to send OceanSkys on a vacation. All the redditors began chipping-in and the amount far surpassed the target- $2500 and now stands at a whopping $23000 (and counting).
So the next time someone argues that people online are unconcerned and inconsiderate, show this AMA and tell them on their FACE that humanity is still at its best. That AMA really makes me believe that the world is still a great place to live in.
You can find the entire conversation at the Reddit AMA page here