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I encountered this street vendor off the beaten path at a local market in Zhangjiajie. At first, his grim look struck me. I then approached him with a smile and politely asked if I could take his photo. His face lit up, and he wore a big smile expressing his surprise that I was interested in taking his photo. He gleefully accepted and posed for the camera, and then surprised me by offering an orange as a token of appreciation. All I did is express interest in him as a human being and respected his right to refuse. This encounter restored my faith in humanity. At the core, we are all the same. Treating people with kindness and respect is a currency we should give away generously, it is free!