Todd O’Reilly and his 13-year-old son Daegan are making a documentary about the power of kindness as they ride Adventure Cycling Associationâ€™s Underground Railroad Bicycle Route from Mobile, Alabama to Toronto, Canada.
For some bike commuters, pledging kindness is a tall order. Yes, I read your comments.
If that’s too hard, you can pledge some money so they can make a documentary about their journey, and you can leave the kindness to others.
The Underground Railroad should make an interesting framework for exploring the power of kindness.
Anyone who has taken a low-budget cycling tour should know that the acts of kindness received out in the wild far outnumber the acts of unkindness. But that’s kindness on the micro/person-to-person level. What is the power of kindness in aggregate?
Can this bike tour make a broader point about kindness and civility for and from bike commuters?
According to the 500 Kindnesses Website:
The film will discuss the legacy of the Underground Railroad and demonstrate how brave acts of kindness have lead to important social change.
When I have traveled across the country and have been the recipient of such kindness, in the back of my mind I have wondered how my race has factored in the kindness I received. For example: Would this stranger be offering me their guest room for the night if I were black? What if I were a fugitive from injustice?
I never had the nerve to ask. Maybe O’Reilly will explore this. The Underground Railroad theme is a perfect opportunity.