Children can teach us valuable lessons in life. Through their purity and love, God shows us the way we should treat each other. As we grow up, we somehow become cold-hearted, as we allow bad experiences to change us.
As a result, we ended up cold, bitter, scared, sarcastic, lacking empathy, and hiding our feelings.
Two classmates in a Mexican school know a lot about empathy, kindness, and support, and their video melted the hearts of many around the world.
Reportedly, a school teacher in Mexico captured the sweet moment of “pure empathy” in class, when a young student with Down syndrome soothed an autistic classmate.
The video shows the boy with autism, visibly distressed, while his friend comforts him by hugging him, patting him on the back, wiping off his tears, and moving his arms around in a therapeutic pattern both of them know well.
It was posted on a Facebook page that shares stories from Jalisco, Mexico, Jalisco oculto, and was viewed over 20 million times.
The clip was shared to numerous social media platforms, and so far, it amassed 6,5 million views on Twitter.
My heart can’t 😭
A boy with Down syndrome with a huge heart, comforting in his own way his colleague, an autistic child.
This is EMPATHY in its purest form ❤️
(Via FB Jalisco oculto) pic.twitter.com/eoSywovSvL
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 3, 2019
Twitter user StanceGrounded, who shared it, later explained:
“This child reminds us that Love is instinct and Love is innate and that Hate is taught. The lack of love and empathy is the root of our problems. We need Love & Empathy in this world.”
Social media users keep posting the heartwarming video and commenting on the empathy, tenderness, and respect seen in it. The affectionate moment especially resonated with people who have special needs children or relatives. Many of them witnessed that the video reveals something they see daily.
My son has autism and has been in a classroom like this for all his life.
I always feel when I go to class with him that it is a room of angels. They are so kind-hearted and tender.
It’s the same in the school bus. The other students can’t wait to wave hello to me.
— Jhoanna Fernandez (@jfern702) December 3, 2019
I’m raising a child with Autism. She has the purest heart and loves to pray for people. If she sees you are sad, even strangers, she immediately wants to hold you and pray. She’s eleven now and I pray she keeps that spirit of empathy and prayer. Love this story.😍
— Author-PG’Orge-Walker #🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@PGOrgeWalker) December 3, 2019
I have a Down Syndrome brother who is now 61 years old. He has brought great joy to me, my family and anyone he comes into contact with! He has so much empathy and love for everyone-he’s a mush really! ♥️♥️
— Mary Kirwan (@kirwan5085) December 3, 2019
One person tweeted:
“My nephew has ‘Down’ syndrome. I put that in quotation marks because there is nothing downs about it.
I’ve never seen anybody w/ the ability to empathize like he does. These kids truly have the most biggest hearts. They are so pure.”
Another said that people with Down’s syndrome are hugging experts, “BEAUTIFUL people that we can all learn from.”
It is estimated that there are about 6,000 babies born with Down syndrome in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 1 in 59 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.