A photo that displays one man’s calmness and kindness on a New York City subway has quickly become a viral sensation.
The Huffington Post reports that Isaac Theil let a sleepy stranger take a nap on his shoulder on the Q train. The 65-year-old clearly had no idea he was about to become a big hit on the web.
Another passenger on the subway took a photo of the man dozing off on Theil’s shoulder and posted it on Reddit. He wrote:
Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young black guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he wanted me to wake the kid up, but he shook his head and responded, ‘He must have had a long day, let him sleep. We’ve all been there, right?’
The photo made its way to Facebook and has been shared more than 20,000 times.
“Maybe the photo wouldn’t have become so popular if people weren’t seeing a Jewish man with a yarmulke and a black man in a hood, and because they might not necessarily correlate the two,” Theil told the Tablet. “But there is only one reason that I didn’t move, and let him continue sleeping, and that has nothing to do with race. He was simply a human being who was exhausted, and I knew it and happened to be there and have a big shoulder to offer him.”
Theil adds another note on what he hopes comes out of this experience.
“I would love for people to use this as a lesson to just be good to each other.”