Unless this is your very first day on the Internet, you've seen that it can be a pretty horrible place at times.
(If this is your first day on the Internet, welcome! You're gonna love it. Sometimes.)
There are racist trolls, sexist trolls, trolls who just troll for the "joy" of trolling, and crappy opinions that you wouldn't even believe that some people could actually earnestly hold.
But every once in awhile, we read a story that shows us that the Internet isn't a soulless, cold, dark, empty wasteland. Well, it isn't exclusively an empty wasteland, anyway. Such was the case with a story starring comedian Sarah Silverman and a man named Jeremy.
Sarah Silverman is no stranger to the Internet.
via: GettyShe's often serving up her own hot takes along with the other denizens of Twitter. She's also used to dealing with trolls. After all, she's a woman on the Internet! How could she possibly escape them? (No, seriously. How could she? Can someone let me know?)
Here was Jeremy's very classy response:
via: TwitterI've gone ahead and censored Jeremy's tweet here, but you get it, right? Clearly, it didn't take a lot of thought or effort. It was just an insult for a woman on the Internet.
For whatever reason, Silverman decided to click on Jeremy's name and scope out his Twitter profile. Then she replied to his insult with this:
@jeremy_jamrozy I believe in you. I read ur timeline & I see what ur doing & your rage is thinly veiled pain. But u… https://t.co/C9yQyQwlCm— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1514511400.0
Jeremy, for his part, could also have ignored Silverman's attempt at connecting. But he didn't.
@SarahKSilverman I can't choose love. A man that resembles Kevin spacey took that away when I was 8. I can't find p… https://t.co/ZlhiNFbk3v— Jeremy jamrozy (@Jeremy jamrozy)1514511694.0
Quite the opposite, in fact.
@jeremy_jamrozy I can’t imagine your rage. Just reading that makes me want to do bad things. Stand by— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1514511869.0
She started asking people in Jeremy's area for help.
Yo SAN ANTONIO! Any kickass back/neck care specialists willing 2 help my friend @jeremy_jamrozy He has several slip… https://t.co/LQ9vcYk3xe— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1514527295.0
A few days later, Silverman tweeted out an update and tried to raise money for Jeremy.
Jeremy went for a consult and it’s worse than we hoped. If you’re so inclined, help get him on his feet and working… https://t.co/084Bp8yIQw— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1514934420.0
God I feel so overwhelmed with joy tears in my eyes because I'm finally getting the help I need. Sarah Silverman is… https://t.co/5EpIDS4M82— Jeremy jamrozy (@Jeremy jamrozy)1514590940.0
People are noticing the incredible exchange and it's definitely gotten people talking about how we respond to those who try to hurt us.
@cpicciolini @jeremy_jamrozy I think about it everyday. What you taught me about compassion.❤️— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1514866698.0