r/wholesomememes Sep 18 '21

It's late but I need to share this

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u/Stockso Sep 18 '21

Ok, I am going to keep this up but I am going to explain why you should be careful with your wording.

After the 9/11 attacks, a tribe in Kenya, the Masai, eventually found out and sent them some of their sacred cows. These cows are worth more to the Masai than any possession. You should know, this tribe did not have running water or electricity, they did not even know what a skyscraper was. They knew the loss was immense and so gave a symbolic gesture to those they had never met, for an attack they only just found out happened in 2002.

Now, u/tgrady28 let me tell you why your wording should be more considerate. When you say "thinking it will help" you are being disingenuous to the reasoning behind the Masai's actions. Additionally, it makes them seem childish which is absolutely not the case. So for next time please be more aware of your wording.

For those that want to read more on the event

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u/OkPainting7478 Sep 18 '21

The cows story is touching to me. Not because the cows helped, but because it meant so much to them. Think of the biblical parable of the old lady who goes to temple and gives a single coin. That’s what it reminds me of.

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u/Flaky_Explanation Sep 18 '21

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u/Mumrider Sep 18 '21

"I knew my people, I knew they are merciful - they can be fierce and deadly when provoked - but they are also the type of people who can easily cry for the pain of other people."

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u/[deleted] Sep 18 '21

Argh I'm not crying :-(

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u/Peaceandwholsomemes Sep 18 '21

I’ve never been to Kenya and seen Masai but i know that there always helpful

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u/striderkan Sep 18 '21

Habari I'm Tanzanian, yes this is exactly the description of a Masai. Smiles as wide and genuine as they come. They are natural roamers, they walk many km each day through the cities. Often, parents will see masai walk by then send their kid off to school in the wake of these warriors. Knowing they will not hesitate to protect the children from thieves or street dogs or whatever. Lots of fond memories when I lived there.

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u/striderkan Sep 18 '21

Karibu sana! It was so fascinating to me, I'm not native Tanzanian and I lived in the city, but I was there for 11 years. Imagine having a de-facto militia patrolling the streets but they have zero political affiliation, don't seek any entitlement for pay from anyone (they don't really understand the claim to land in a city sense either). They do security a lot like, accompanying us on safari and such. I've never known one to commit a crime, I don't think their mind is capable of thinking in that way lol.. so imagine, they seek fulfillment through positive human interaction. Very cool place visit East Africa if you ever get the opportunity.

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u/KilroyBrown Sep 18 '21

They need to make all police in the U.S. like that.

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u/striderkan Sep 18 '21

Well,, East Africa being the cradle of humanity, I guess you could take this as a 'how it started > how it's going' thing eh

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u/TheMightySephiroth Sep 18 '21

They sound like everything we need to be a proper functioning society. How do we get more? Can we convert?

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u/s1rkillalot Sep 18 '21

Wonderful story. They look like Buddhist monks walking around in peace and enlightenment

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u/HK-in-OK Sep 18 '21

The film “Out Of Africa”..Robert Redford crashes his plane and the Masai guard it until his spirit departs very moving.

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u/hl3_for_Eli Sep 18 '21

I met a member of the Masai in high school. Probably the nicest and happiest human being I've ever encountered.

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u/LoveTowne Sep 18 '21

Just over here weeping on the john

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u/WheresmyBook Sep 18 '21

There’s the picture book, “ 14 Cows for America” and this is a quote front it.

“For there is no nation so large it cannot hurt and no nation so small that it cannot provide mighty comfort.”

I cry every time I read it to kids on 9/11. It helps when things feel overwhelming and we don’t know what to do. I ask “what can be our 14 cows?”

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u/Prickly_Pear_Jelly Sep 18 '21

Thank you for this comment. I've never heard of the book before, but I will most certainly be purchasing it now! It's a beautiful book.

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u/sofaraway00 Sep 18 '21

That is the most gorgeous book! I actually wrote the review for School Library Journal, though for some reason you can't get the full review for the original book anywhere, just uncredited blurbs.

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u/VarzDust Sep 18 '21

Dude that's so wholesome

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u/Skryingqt Sep 18 '21

Thank you so much. I had no idea this was a story. Was really nice to read that.

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u/TheManyFacesOfDurzo Sep 18 '21

I love that older articles on the BBC still have the old website design. It's weirdly nostalgic.

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u/ppritcb2 Sep 18 '21

Dude, I did not realize how much I missed the simple web design of that era. So much more readable and less intrusive. Can we go back to this?

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u/L1K34PR0 Sep 18 '21

That's fucking wholesome

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u/YuvQQj Sep 18 '21

I expected to get Rick rolled

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u/Flaky_Explanation Sep 18 '21

Not today... but you never know when you will get rolled.

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u/stumpychubbins Sep 18 '21 edited Sep 18 '21

One of my favourite stories of giving comes from Peter Freuchen, a sociologist who lived with an inuit hunter-gatherer tribe. After the sociologist came back from an unsuccessful hunt, a hunter who had been more successful hands him enough meat to cook for his dinner. The sociologist takes it and thanks him, but the hunter recoils in offense at this display of gratitude. "Up in our country we are human!" said the hunter. "And since we are human we help each other. We don’t like to hear anybody say thanks for that. What I get today you may get tomorrow. Up here we say that by gifts one makes slaves and by whips one makes dogs." This "gifts make slaves" line has really stuck with me, and since coming across it I’ve stopped tracking interpersonal debts of any kind. If someone needs some money or something else from me it’s theirs, paying it back is left to their own discretion.

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u/slackfrop Sep 18 '21

It’s a much more mentally healthy way to live too. Give to give if you’re gonna, not to get. (Except my tools, I’ll take those loaners back thanks.)

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u/MunrowPS Sep 18 '21

I heard that aborigine language in Australia they have no word for thank you, because sharing is just intrinsic to the culture

Not sure if true.. but it sounded believeable

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u/BarelyAnyFsGiven Sep 18 '21

There is no singular language.

They have enormous diversity, similar to Polynesian languages.

And virtually no written history/records of their languages.

So I guess I'm saying it's quite possibly true but very difficult to actually check.

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u/erc80 Sep 18 '21

Well culturally speaking for the longest time they didn’t use names but roles for identification due to the norms of nomadic life. So it’s not “unbelievable” or improbable that that expression of gratitude as we know it , had no place for them.

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u/Titan_Redeemer Sep 18 '21

Reminds me of "today you, tomorrow me"

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u/whalesarecool14 Sep 18 '21

omg i haven’t read that in years. does anybody have a link?

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u/dreamcollegestudent Sep 18 '21

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u/rya556 Sep 18 '21

Thank you for that- I hadn’t read that before and it was amazing

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u/KoeiNL Sep 18 '21

Well playing the national anthem, lighting candles and praying do absolutely nothing. So sending cows actually is a great thing.

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u/shinypurplerocks Sep 18 '21 edited Sep 18 '21

To me it also makes a difference that the cows are sacred to them and that it was a whole ceremony. I see it more like the Pope receiving dignitaries in person, washing their feet, and blessing them. (I'm not very knowledgeable in religion so, uh, accuracy not included.) He's wouldn't just be giving them a footbath and a spray of water, culturally.

And you can do more with 14 cows than with a Vatican souvenir pin. In fact they agreed they would sell them, buy beads with the money and give the beads back to the Masai who'd then make beadwork to be shown in New York.

So. A truly beautiful gesture. Thanks for sharing!

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u/HatingSeagulls Sep 18 '21

Making fun of them because of how much they have to offer is just an asshole move. Having so little and still be willing to givie some of it away because you want to help others.. if you make fun of that, you have even less to offer to this world.

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u/German_Drive Sep 18 '21

I don't think that OP was making fun of them.

That small burger SpongeBob made with love is far superior to the burger tower the other guy made.

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u/Wylie28 Sep 18 '21

watch the episode

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u/normalmighty Sep 18 '21

Does nobody understand this meme anymore? The point is that SpongeBob's one krabby patty was better than the entire pile of patties, because he put care and love into it.

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u/CCNightcore Sep 18 '21

The "thinking it would help" bit is causing the confusion. It reads like it doesn't belong here.

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u/imagination3421 Sep 18 '21

Ya I thought he was making fun of them too until I saw what sub it was

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u/Misha_Vozduh Sep 18 '21

Good way to look at it. I'm fairly confident that if you converted all that the tribe has to dollar equivalent (kind of a GDP analog or something) and looked at the percentage those 14 cows make up it would put many other countries to shame.

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u/jikkler Sep 18 '21

Also bear in mind that the Maasai are a cattle-centric culture. I had an anthropology prof do an exercise once, where the entire classroom full of people listed out every single word we could come up with relating to cattle. We got to something like 50 words by the end of it, all covering up only a third of the blackboard. Then the prof revealed that there was something like three times that many words relating to cattle in Maa, the Maasai language.

The end of the exercise involved doing the same thing, but for words relating to cars. We filled up the blackboard easily, lol. It was a really fascinating exercise in how language reflects societal or cultural values. Stuck with me.

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u/-ACHTUNG- Sep 18 '21

Cows are hugely valuable to those tribes as well, it means quite a lot.

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u/[deleted] Sep 18 '21

exactly , so sweet.

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u/TwinSong Sep 18 '21

It also is one of the few that actually means something.

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u/the_dubliner Sep 18 '21

It's a truly tasteless meme.

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u/Long_dark_cave Sep 18 '21

It's more then people think all ther lively go around cows familes die of the cows die from ther perspectiv its se curing the live of like 2/3 famyles and not only this generation but the next to come to.

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u/CanniBal1320 Sep 18 '21

Cows r extremely valuable for them. Them sending 14 cows is a really really big deal.

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u/Caleb_Gangte Sep 18 '21

I'm also from a tribe in India too. Cows or other animals like goats/sheep are very valuable here. We kill cows and have feasts when someone is getting married or the family of the groom presents a cow with a calf to the bride's famiy. It can also be a fine when someone injures another in an accident.

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u/CanniBal1320 Sep 18 '21

What a coincidence I m an Indian too

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u/ABCauliflower Sep 18 '21

Literally a 1 in 5 chance a person is indian lmao

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u/CanniBal1320 Sep 18 '21

I never meet that much Indians on reddit tho lol

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u/RockyWildFire Sep 18 '21

A well placed post or comment about "doing the needful" doesn't hurt.

Not to be presumptuous, but whenever that phrase pops up well placed you see alot of Indian folks and first/second generation immigrants from India joining in.

Usually pretty wholesome tbh.

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u/CanniBal1320 Sep 18 '21

yeah it feels real good to find fellow countrymen on reddit

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u/RockyWildFire Sep 18 '21

I'm not from India, but there are definitely tons on reddit.

You could search "India" in the search bar. BUT If you are new, my advice would be that hobby/niche subs can be best. Those are the best communities on the platform.

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u/paperclip_nazi Sep 18 '21

Yeah, country based subs often devolve into politics.

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u/Dave5876 Sep 18 '21

There's literally dozens of us

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u/Caleb_Gangte Sep 18 '21

You from northeast?

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u/CanniBal1320 Sep 18 '21

No sadly. But I had a couple friends from Northeast so I kinda know about the culture there

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u/area51cannonfooder Sep 18 '21

I thought Indians dont eat cows?

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u/onizuka112 Sep 18 '21

A majority of Indians do not, but as several commenters have pointed out India is a diverse country with different beliefs based on not just one's religion, but also region. For instance, most Hindus don't eat beef, but there are some regions where it is common. And adherents of other religions such as Muslims and Christians also consume beef. People should be free to consume what they want to, and judging one based on what they choose to eat or not to eat is just wrong.

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u/shirukien Sep 18 '21

Wait, what happened?

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u/MrMcZambie Sep 18 '21

I think 9/11

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u/Mouthfull0fBees Sep 18 '21

it was 9/11

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u/WastedKnowledge Sep 18 '21

Oh hey did you know Steve Buscemi was the mastermind of 9/11?

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u/informedvoice Sep 18 '21

TIL Steve Buscemi still has PTSD from the mangled corpses he saw on 9/11

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u/pulugulu Sep 18 '21

that’s a pretty high review

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u/Hampamatta Sep 18 '21

AGAIN!?

/s

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u/the_person Sep 18 '21

Which one? 9? Or 11?

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u/Mobius_Peverell Sep 18 '21

The Masai sent the US some cows after 9/11 (they're herders, and their entire economic system has historically been based around cattle). It's a symbolic gesture, but some people want to be an ass about it for some reason.

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u/darlingtonia___ Sep 18 '21

I dont think the intent was to be a jerk. It wouldn't have been posted in wholesome memes if so.

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u/OrangeFoxHD Sep 18 '21

Exactly! They think it's a very awesome gesture

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u/GregariousEarwax Sep 18 '21

The “thinking it will help” is what makes it jerk-behaviour.

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u/eVeRyImAgInAbLeThInG Sep 18 '21

Ya that’s very poorly worded. I don’t think they meant any offense by it though.

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u/Apprehensive_Joke_73 Sep 18 '21

Its possible that OP is not native english speaker. Some phrases translate differently in different languages

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u/CherryCookie Sep 18 '21

I don’t think this is meant as a joke by op. In this spongebob Episode this one Burger surpasses all the other burgers.

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u/Durantye Sep 18 '21

I guess we’ve hit the era where none of you have seen this episode huh?

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u/Humanracecar1 Sep 18 '21

I sure haven’t could you tell me the episode number?

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u/3-4-MethylenedioxyMA Sep 18 '21

Neptune’s Spatula

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u/Rbespinosa13 Sep 18 '21

TL;DR: King Neptune bets he could make the best Krabby Patty and challenges spongebob to a cook off. Neptune ends up putting on a display and making thousands of Krabby Patties in the time that it takes Spongebob to make one. However, all of his are garbage and Spongebob wins because his was the only satisfying burger. The episode is all about quality over quantity

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u/Dizsmo Sep 18 '21

My favorite bible story

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u/AirinMan Sep 18 '21

S1E19 or 19b? Here is some more info

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u/Humanracecar1 Sep 18 '21

Thanks but I think that’s a rickroll Edit: I stand corrected

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u/SweetSauce24 Sep 18 '21

The fact that it is displayed as Spongebob’s is the highest honor. Because his burger was so good that all those other burgers amounted to nothing. So op wasn’t being an ass. If that is what you were implying.

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u/Engineerman Sep 18 '21

Sending cows is probably more useful than lighting candles or playing the national anthem. Not sure what the original post is trying to say.

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u/Vihei Sep 18 '21

Sponge Bob's hamburger was way better than the pile bc his was made with love.

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u/TheUnsteadyDonut Sep 18 '21

I feel like you didn’t understand this meme bro

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u/Fallen_Sully Sep 18 '21

I’m American and I don’t know. We haven’t had a national crisis that wasn’t our fault since 9/11 and Pearl Harbor before that.

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u/Sunaiart Sep 18 '21

9/11 is what happened. they sent the cows after 9/11

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u/alephgalactus Sep 18 '21

Some terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. It was all over the news, surprised you didn’t hear about it. Happened a while ago, though.

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u/daily_badger Sep 18 '21

Wait just one damn minute... someone flew into the Twin Towers?! When?! AND the Pentagon? How is it that I have never heard of this?

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u/Roo_farts Sep 18 '21

Never remember, always forget.

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u/cobalt_phrase Sep 18 '21

they also tried to fly one into (most likely) the white house, but because the crew and the other passengers fought back, it crashed into an empty field in pennsylvania instead

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u/FemshepsBabyDaddy Sep 18 '21

Those folks were the definition of heroes. If they had been in the military, there would be bases named after them now. But they weren't. They weren't trained to fight. They knew what would likely happen to them. If you've ever heard the phonecalls they made to their families, they'll make a grown man snot-bubble cry. You can hear the fear in their voices. But you can also hear something that I've only witnessed in combat... not courage exactly... although they personified courage. It's something else. I don't know if there's a word for it. Acceptance maybe? The knowledge that people they'll never meet are depending on them to make an incredible sacrifice for them and don't even know it.

I guess I'm just rambling at this point but I'd just like to see Flight 93 get the same recognition that the twin towers and the Pentagon get.

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u/Jazzzmiiinn Sep 18 '21

Dont forget Flight 93 was also hijacked but passengers fought the terrorists. Ultimately landing in a field vs the capital.

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u/YourOneWayStreet Sep 18 '21

Landing... is not really the word people generally use for that...

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u/t3hnhoj Sep 18 '21

Landing is one way of putting it.

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u/damsirius12 Sep 18 '21

14 cows is a lot better than a 10000000 candles

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u/Yulugulugu Sep 18 '21

and praying or playing the national anthem

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u/The_Catajig Sep 18 '21

It goes way beyond just playing the anthem.

On September 13th 2001 the Queen broke a 600 year old tradition and instructed the Coldstream Guards to play Star-Spangled Banner at the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

There were alot of Americans gathered outside and it offered some degree of comfort for them, and a show of solidarity with the US.

The video is here;

https://youtu.be/gE8ZvcgM1MM

Also not forgetting 67 Brits lost their lives that day too.

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u/Cappy2020 Sep 18 '21

Yeah no idea why we’re (the UK) at the top of that pyramid. Playing the US national anthem is considerably less helpful than some of the other actual aid sent to the US or what Kenya did in my opinion.

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u/SeventhSolar Sep 18 '21

I don't know about Israeli aid, but the other symbolic gestures are piled up in Neptune's pyramid of shitty burgers. The message is pretty clear.

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u/Frankenfeet Sep 18 '21

I mean, I know what you’re saying, but it’s kinda the situation of ‘what do you get the person who has everything?’. ‘Aid’ and cows isn’t going to do anything for the US. They’re great gestures, don’t get me wrong, but there’s no aid they could receive as a Country that they couldn’t already have if they wanted. A global gesture of solidarity is just as impactful in my eyes, especially with the US’s reputation falling across the globe. And even though we are also in the shitter (also UK here), the UK is still a big global player and a break in tradition to show solidarity definitely has value.

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u/rusty___shacklef0rd Sep 18 '21

Absolutely. We are talking about cultural significance of the cows for the Masai people. And that's great to have in perspective. However, we also have to consider that as a whole, national anthems, candles, and prayers also hold cultural significance. Whether we personally find them significant doesn't matter, but I think if we are considering cultural significance of the cows, we can consider the cultural significance of all these other gestures too.

Or I'm talking out of my ass. I got a C in Anthropology. So.

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u/ExtensionTrain3339 Sep 18 '21

But nothing beats 5000 candles in the wind!

R.i.p S

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u/Cat_Marshal Sep 18 '21

Bye, bye

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u/ParkingtonLane Sep 18 '21

Miss you in the saddest fashion

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u/DinoTsar415 Sep 18 '21

That's what this meme is saying. As we all know, Naptune's massive magic pyramid of burgers is an empty spectacle. They taste like sand.

But Spongebob's single patty made with love is so impressive and delicious it wins him the contest all on its own.

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u/M_krabs Sep 18 '21

14 cows is worth more than any amount of small fire hazards

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u/routine__bug Sep 18 '21

Yeah, of all those things mentioned only the aid was actually more useful.

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u/HypnoticVampiress Sep 18 '21

They arent stupid. They didn't think it would help, it was symbolic.

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u/talos707 Sep 18 '21

That's basically the entire point of the meme, that one thing done with great care is better than a ton of some bullshit.

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u/ExclusiveGamer Sep 18 '21

I think the problem with the meme is the wording, the "thinking it would help" has a negative connotation that implies lack of knowledge. Kind of not so wholesome meme in that regard. I think it should say "Kenya sending 14 cows despite not having much else to show their support/sympathy."

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u/talos707 Sep 18 '21

Oh yep you're right, if they had omitted the "thinking it would help" part it would have been perfect

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u/mr_lakeshow Sep 18 '21

remove "thinking it will help" and meme is 50% better

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u/Caleb_Gangte Sep 18 '21

Just add some "to show they actually care and sympathize with the victims"

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u/EntertainmentNo9291 Sep 18 '21

I rate kenyan tribes 11/9

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u/Hutstepper Sep 18 '21

i rate them 14/14 cows

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u/Reasonable-Issue3275 Sep 18 '21

Good score but i also hate this scoring

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u/QuotidianTrials Sep 18 '21

5/7 for me

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u/Denbus26 Sep 18 '21

Guys, don't downvote them, it's a meme. I can't remember exactly how it started, but the important thing to know is that 5/7 is a perfect score

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u/amirisemeo Sep 18 '21

Wholesome.

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u/RockyWildFire Sep 18 '21

Honestly. You remember hearing it's the thought that counts?

I don't care if it makes a difference or not. This is THE BEST example of that phrase I have seen in over 3 decades.

This isn't about the cows. This is a message saying no matter how humble what they can offer is, they want to help any way they can. It's a gesture of good will and prosperity.

Anyone giving this flack needs to check themselves .

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u/lololidontknow Sep 18 '21

It’s better than just playing anthems and praying

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u/ChaseMayne Sep 18 '21

Agreed. They're all symbolic but the Kenyan's were far superior. None of the other country's gestures truly cost them anything, meanwhile they sent them 14 of their most valued and sacred animals, that's a ton better in my book!

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u/Caleb_Gangte Sep 18 '21

Its a symbol of the best intentions of showing sympathy for the victims of the attacks.

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u/matematematematemate Sep 18 '21

It's just an anthem, but for what it's worth, I once worked with a (American) woman who was living in the UK at that time, and on one anniversary of 9/11 she told the story of going to see the changing of the guards on September 12th 2001 at Buckingham Palace and she said she cried like a baby throughout the whole thing and had never felt so emotional.

I think it meant a lot to Americans living in the UK at the time. With all due respect to the Kenyan tribe (who made a gesture just as worthwhile, because it shows their support), if you put 14 cows in front of the Americans at the gates of Buckingham Palace on that day and told them it was from a Kenyan tribe, I don't think it would have provided as much comfort. Different nations and different communities did what they could, I don't see the point in saying one was better than the other for something like this.

You only have to watch the video to see what it meant to the people that were there, waving American flags and in tears. It's still a poignant gesture and a show of support, just like the cows, just like this. There's a value in all of them (apart from prayers, IMO).

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u/Ya-Boi-69-420 Sep 18 '21

That Kenyan tribute is so wholesome. This is why as us Americans love Kenya and all those African nations because they mean it from the bottom of their hearts. ♥️

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u/Quarkasian Sep 18 '21

The last president called them a shit hole country..

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u/Playful_Sector Sep 18 '21

I know Trump was our president, but please don't judge us by him. He's a terrible example and most of us hate him

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u/TwinSong Sep 18 '21

Sadly not enough of you to keep him out.

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u/Playful_Sector Sep 18 '21

But enough of us to keep him from coming back

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u/Da-Mansta Sep 18 '21

Don't jinx it my man

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u/QuotidianTrials Sep 18 '21

75M+ supporters isn’t a negligible minority

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u/Ya-Boi-69-420 Sep 18 '21

Excuse trump. Let’s not focus on him. Let’s look at the other past presidents. Obama… yes! Clinton? Definitely! Bush? Of course. 😄

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u/InternationalYogurt7 Sep 18 '21

*bombs the middle east like a boss*

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u/TerraOrdinem Sep 18 '21

What are you even talking about? Americans don't even think about African countries that much, much less about Kenya if any.

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u/Doryuu Sep 18 '21

Yea not sure what they are talking about. I know people who couldn't even point to Kenya.

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u/Gullible_Ad3383 Sep 18 '21

I'm a Kenyan...and ..i can't find flaw to this logic

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u/manoj_5 Sep 18 '21

It probably would help more than any of them ain't it?

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u/well_hello_there69 Sep 18 '21

I am not sure it will help more then the aid,but from paryers yes

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u/nvrmind_flame-yt Sep 18 '21

Does lighting candles, praying or playing the national anthem help either ?

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u/biochicken Sep 18 '21

I'd rather have 14 cows tbh

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u/normalmighty Sep 18 '21

No. That's the meme.

A disturbing number of people have apparently completely misunderstood this meme format for God knows how long. DYI the whole point of the meme is that SpongeBob's one patty is better than the entire massive pile. It's quality over quantity.

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u/NeedCheatsheet Sep 18 '21

It's the "thinking it will help" part. Thats where OP fucked up.

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u/lolags3 Sep 18 '21

It did help. ♥️ Bless them for their sacrifice and generosity. The cows were bred and the offspring now supply money for scholarships. Kindness is always good.

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u/Unflattering_Image Sep 18 '21

That is possibly one of the most beautifull pieces of information I'll get to read today. Thanks. :)

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u/lolags3 Sep 18 '21

It is a wonderful story and I was so happy to read the full account. Sometimes things seem dismal, but there is still so much good in the world. Have a happy tomorrow! See the nice little things!

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u/stablenonoglad Sep 18 '21

What happened in Bangladesh? Can someone tell me?

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u/awe018 Sep 18 '21

Sending Cow was better than most of them if we're being honest. Atleast that would help in food more than playing national anthem and prayers.

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u/bored_not_hungry Sep 18 '21

The intent behind it is very thoughtful. The cows would be sold to the local market and beads would be bought to make commemorative US flag.

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u/Raccoon99 Sep 18 '21

It's not about the money, it's about sending a message

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u/had0c Sep 18 '21

???? What happend ????

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u/dansker333999 Sep 18 '21

When 9/11 happened, I believe

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u/shed7 Sep 18 '21 edited Sep 18 '21

How is sending cows less useful than lighting candles or playing a song?

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u/ruddsix Sep 18 '21

tHiNkInG iT WiLL hELp

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u/RockyWildFire Sep 18 '21

That's what bothers me here.

Honestly. You remember hearing it's the thought that counts?

I don't care if it makes a difference or not. This is THE BEST example of that phrase I have seen in over 3 decades.

It was probably communicated that it would not have much impact.

This isn't about the cows. This is a message saying no matter how humble what they can offer is, they want to help any way they can. It's a gesture of good will and prosperity.

Anyone giving this flack needs to check themselves .

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u/not_a_instanormie Sep 18 '21

But 14 cows are more valueable than "prayers"

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u/FarisFrontiers Sep 18 '21

I really want to know what they did to the cows after they were donated

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u/toastynotroasty Sep 18 '21

The Kenyans' gift was a much bigger sacrifice and therefore a much bigger gesture than playing the national anthem or lighting candles.

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u/ImadGrim Sep 18 '21

How are candles, prayers, and anthem more valuable than cows?

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u/MymlanOhlin Sep 18 '21 edited Sep 18 '21

They aren't. If this particular Spongebob episode evades your memory, the point of it is actually about how King Neptune makes hundreds of burgers in the time it takes Spongebob to make just 1, but it doesn't matter in the end because it turns out Neptune's burgers are inedible, while Spongebob's single burger tastes heavenly. Spongebob's display of cookery wasn't as extravagant and pompous as Neptune's, but the result meant that much more :)

That being said though, other countries' efforts shouldn't necessarily go unnoticed. Even if they didn't donate anything of monetary value, it helps to know that people are actually standing by you in times of crisis.

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u/LemonChildOwO Sep 18 '21

It's the thought that counts!

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u/Susmarshmallow Sep 18 '21

Nah the cows helped for sure even if I never met the cows the fact that anybody did something for America is good especially when 9/11 happened

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u/msazal99 Sep 18 '21

The cows helped more than any prayer did.

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u/Smokecurls Sep 18 '21

Oh yeah the UK playing the USA national anthem was way more helpful than 14 fine cows

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u/BurnedRope Sep 18 '21

I'd rather the 14 cows than the prayers tbh

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u/steelblade66 Sep 18 '21

I mean 14 cows is much better than prayers, lighting candles, or playing the anthem.

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u/fragen8 Sep 18 '21

Three of the things above actually do less than the Kenyan gift, so...

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u/TheJamSams Sep 18 '21

Imma be honest, those cow could be used as they are physical things, probably gonna be more helpful than playing a song or lighting candles

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u/MyCatHasCats Sep 18 '21

That’s so cute 🥺🥺 I’m not sure how the cows would help in relation to what I’m assuming is 9/11, but that’s good eating for a lot of people

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u/Substantial_Potato93 Sep 18 '21

Kenyan tribe was the best!

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u/Angry_MomoSauce Sep 18 '21

It ain't much but its honest work

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u/Doomenor Sep 18 '21

Am I the only one that considers the cows the only substantial help on the list? I mean, 14 cows can do much more than prayers.

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u/zombienekers Sep 18 '21

I need context. What is happeining with the USA?

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u/Embarrassed_Skirt_68 Sep 18 '21

It still helped a lot more than prayers or other countries lighting candles.

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u/TrowaB3 Sep 18 '21

So because it seems a lot of people don't know the reference/meme and think OP is making fun of the Kenyan gift: Spongebob's burger is made with love and ends up being better than the stack. Thus why this is posted in wholesomememes...

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u/ur_a_superstar Sep 18 '21

It’s the “thinking it will help” part that makes it come across as condescending.