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15 Very Kind Kids Who Will Make The World A Better Place

The great Whitney Houston said it best when she sang out, for all to hear, that the children are our future. One day soon, these little tykes will inherit the earth, so it's worthwhile asking what kind of place that world will be?

Below is a list of 15 kids who seem hellbent on making the world a better place. If we had our wits about them, we'd take a page from their book and start displaying far more empathy and understanding to those around us.

This level of empathy goes far beyond anything that I could even begin to comprehend.

It would've been enough for this little girl just to loan her classmates her mittens. But the fact that she went as far as to stick her own hands into the snow, solely to gain perspective and understanding, speaks volumes.

This makes me want to cry.

I won't call you a "bleeding heart liberal" but I will call you a good parent. Teaching children at such a young age to view all human beings, even those beneath them, as fellow passengers to the grave is something to be incredibly proud of.

It's so thoughtful yet so self-interested all at the same time.

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"My son screamed “watch out dad” in the crosswalk bc of a blatantly obvious car. I said thanks. He said, 'i[sic] couldn't[sic] let my dad get squished bc i[sic] might not like my step dad” - Twitter @Frediculous

Who decided that fish don't have feelings?

I always hated it when people would tell me "fish don't have feelings." How do you know? Have you ever personally asked one yourself? To think that a child is sympathetic to the plight of a fish gives me hope for this new generation to right all the wrongs of the previous one.

This is the kind of world I want to live in.

I would literally give people candy on Halloween just so that I could sit down for five minutes and pet their dog. That's a treat that is, in my opinion, far sweeter than even the richest most-delicious milk chocolate.

Kids always find the silver lining.

When I was little, my dad used to tell me that he changed my diapers so that one day I would have to change his. I know that statement isn't as poetic as the one above, but I feel like the sentiment remains the same.

Give peace a chance.

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"My 3 year old is playing laser tag with her cousins but all she's doing is yelling "STOP SHOOTING ME AND LET'S TALK ABOUT IT!" and I can't tell if she's a pacifist or a strategist." - Twitter @HenpeckedHal

This 13-year-old is more self-sacrificing than most adults.

The fact that this young teenager didn't even tell her mother what she was doing, that the act of helping her fellow human being was the reward, in and of itself, just fills my heart with happiness.

Ignorance is bliss.

Don't get me wrong, this is an adorable sentiment. I just can't help feeling bad for this child knowing that when the day comes that they inevitably realize what those fishermen were actually doing — they'll be crushed.

You have to learn to take the sour with the sweet.

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"My son asked my 7yo how she would survive a bear attack and she replied she would try to be his friend, thus making her the most adorable of my children but also the least likely to survive an encounter with an actual bear." - Twitter @mommajessiec

Coal stains are incredibly hard to get out.

When I was a kid, leaving carrots and celery for the reindeer was considered going above and beyond. But leaving a Tide stick to help Santa get out nasty stains in a pinch, that's a whole other level of generosity.

Times sure have changed.

The first time I went to the skateboard park, I tried dropping in from the top of the half-pipe and nearly dislocated my shoulder. On top of that, my eardrums were nearly shattered upon hearing the uproar of laughter exploding like a landmine from the mouths of all the surrounding kids.

This kind of love and affection is what's truly rare.

The only time I've ever been called "rare" was back in middle school when my teachers used to send me home with notes that said, "Jordan rarely pays attention in class." I think it would be nice if someone were to frame it in a positive context.

This kid is profoundly philosophical.

I didn't even know that 7-year-olds could understand metaphors, let alone come up with such a substantive one all on their own. They truly do see the world through a different lens than the rest of us.

Nothing says "I love you" like waking up to a mouthful of salty cheesy snacks.

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"After I fell asleep on the couch my sweet 3 year old[sic] daughter came over, draped her blankie over me, and lovingly put a Cheez-it in my mouth. She gets me." - Twitter @mom_tho

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