'Humans of New York' photographer Brandon Stanton's most recent travels took him to Iran, where he met a 10-year-old boy in the town of Tabriz who touched his heart. As it turned out, the budding humanitarian was about to stun a lot of people with his uncomplicated, unadulterated kindness.
The caption under the photo, which is of the boy and his proud father, relates one story of the child's good deeds.
His father recalls one time, when his son was only five years old, they were walking home with groceries, including two pounds of fresh apricots. The father let his son carry the fruit, and he toddled him the whole way there. At the end of their journey, the father asked his son for an apricot, only to find that he'd quietly given them all away during their walk home.
And the father wasn't the slightest bit affronted, or displeased. He didn't feel that his son had "wasted" their hard-bought groceries, only that he'd raised a stunning example of human virtue.
The story, which reads almost like a parable, has captured a lot of hearts. Most notable among the commenters, of course, was the POTUS himself.
What's perhaps most noteworthy about the comment isn't that Obama was reaching out to offer the young boy advice, or paternal guidance. If anything, the president seemed humbled by the young boy's inherent goodness.
It's stories like these that make the Internet worthwhile.