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They say a picture can paint a thousand words, but these photo set can also draw a whole lot of emotions.

There is definitely power in a photograph. Below are 22 of the most gripping and unforgettable moments captured through the power of the lens, photos that speak volumes about the human condition – about some of the best and worst moments of contemporary human existence.

These images mirror some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events. These photos definitely reminds us that the world can always use a little bit more love, tolerance, compassion and understanding.

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An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers

Photo Credit: Rafiq Maqbool / AP

During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout / AP

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado in March, 2012

Photo Credit: Gary Cosby Jr. / AP

The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888

Photo Credit: retronaut.com

A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunam, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011

A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunam, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011

Photo Credit: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari /A

Flower power

Flower power

Photo Credit: Bernie Boston

An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument

An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument

Photo Credit: englishrussia.com

“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940

Photo Credit: Claud Detloff

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

Photo Credit: Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

Photo Credit: Brian Sokol

Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke

Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke

Photo Credit: Jesco Denzel

Sunset on Mars

Sunset on Mars

Photo Credit: nasa.gov

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.”

Photo Credit: Richard Drew /AP

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Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

Photo Credit: Louie Favorite

Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt

Photo Credit: Nevine Zaki

Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music

Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music

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Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

Father and son (1949 vs 2009)

Photo Credit: Vojage-Vojage

Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.

Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner.

Photo Credit: Vojage-Vojage

Starving boy and missionary

Starving boy and missionary

Photo Credit: Mike Wells

Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber

Photo Credit: kligon5

A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994

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Hampshire, England native Jack Robinson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at a very early age. 

At 4, he is well aware that his time on Earth will end soon and so he has come up with a unique bucket list of things he wants to accomplish before passing. The final item on list could only be accomplished recently, on his funeral. Family and friends said goodbye to Jack in a unique Star Wars-themed funeral, the final item on his bucket list.

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Jack (right), with his identical twin brother, Liam

Jack (right), with his identical twin brother, Liam

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Jack's parents. Terence and Marie Robinson wanted to celebrate their son's life and passions by completing his bucket list for him.

Jack’s parents. Terence and Marie Robinson wanted to celebrate their son’s life and passions by completing his bucket list for him.

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Jack’s white carriage was covered with floral tributes, including one that says “Jedi” as well as lightsaber-shaped wreaths and ones that look like Yoda and R2-D2. Other Star Wars fans dressed as Stromtroopers and acted as guards of honor.

Later on at the church, a brass band played the film's The Binary Sunset song, which is known as Luke Skywalker's theme. The order of service also read: Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 2014.

Later on at the church, a brass band played the film’s The Binary Sunset song, which is known as Luke Skywalker’s theme. The order of service also read: Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 2014.

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In an interview, Jack’s father was quoted as saying, ” Jack was a special boy, he was unique and brought everyone together. We needed to give him a unique send off, and the brilliant sunshine that came out for it was Jack looking down on us.”

Jack was also a massive Doctor Who fan. Matt Smith, the show's star, has sent a lot of personal messages from the United States, as well as sang the Doctor Who theme tune for him be fore he passed away in the hospital.

Jack was also a massive Doctor Who fan. Matt Smith, the show’s star, has sent a lot of personal messages from the United States, as well as sang the Doctor Who theme tune for him be fore he passed away in the hospital.

Photo Credit: Portsmouth News/Solent News via Viral Nova

 

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