I tuned in to CNN last night and accidentally caught the beginning of their special CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. Even though I had other things to do, I was glued to my chair during the entire three hours.
The show, which took the format of a Hollywood awards show, honored people from around the world who have made a difference. These are normal, everyday people. Not stars, not rich people, but just regular people who saw that something needed to change and worked to change it.
We heard, for example, the story of a man who went to Africa in grief after his baby son had died. There he started up a school food program to feed hungry children who could barely sit through morning class without fainting onto the floor from lack of nutrients.
We heard of a poor woman in Cuba who developed a method of turning a toxic garbage dump into a garden, after the death of her daughter.