But this photo makes us feel happy – and we’re not alone.
First posted on Reddit, the image depicts a subway passenger fast asleep on the shoulder of a stranger sitting next to him on the Q Line in Brooklyn.
After the compassionate gesture went viral this week, the nice man on the right was identified as Isaac Theil. And he told Tablet Magazine why he was content to be used as a human pillow.
“I simply remembered the times my own head would bop on someone’s shoulder because I was so tired after a long day,” Theil said.
Meanwhile, the Reddit poster who uploaded the picture was aboard the subway car when he witnessed this act and described what went down on the social media site:
“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 has been shared over 20,000 times on Facebook and Theil recognizes why it’s caused such a stir.
“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,” he said to 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.”
As for the young man asleep? His name is Garvey Dutes and he came forward on Facebook, writing:
“This is me, I was not on drugs. I came from a long day of college, very tired… thank you and god bless to that man who let me sleep.”
Dutes said he would love to reunite with Theil in order to “shatter” the “stereotype” that New Yorkers have a “bad reputation,” adding:
“I would love for it to be public for the whole world… we need this light in a time of social despair.”