This is the sight that reduced 200,000 people to awed silence yesterday.

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It was Pope Francis, laying a bouquet of flowers at a memorial near the Rio Grande, where thousands of migrants have died trying to cross into the United States — nearly 6,000 from 2000 to 2014.

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"No more death! No more exploitation!" the pope said, as hundreds of thousands looked on — on both sides of the border.

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Of course, not everyone was happy. Earlier in the week, Donald Trump accused the pope of politicizing his visit to Mexico.

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He also suggested that Mexico was using the pope to try to maintain the status quo at the border because they ... make a lot of money off it? Somehow?

The Vatican (obviously) denied this.

Thing is, Trump was right — at least about one thing.

Praying at the border in Mexico was political, and Pope Francis knew exactly what he was doing.

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But not political in the way we typically mean "political" in the U.S.

Much as it makes us feel weirdly good about ourselves to presume everything is all about us all the time, this time, it's not. Most likely, Pope Francis couldn't care less about Republican versus Democrat.

The pope cares about people not being exploited and not dying.

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"Each step, a journey laden with grave injustices: the enslaved, the imprisoned and extorted; so many of these brothers and sisters of ours are the consequence of trafficking in human beings," he said at the border.

At a separate mass on Wednesday, the pope declared, "The flow of capital cannot decide the flow of people." He decried "the exploitation of employees as if they were objects to be used and discarded."

It's a pretty simple message.

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The pope wants us to prioritize people over profit. He wants companies to stop taking advantage of immigrant workers with low wages. He wants gangs to stop killing and maiming, forcing thousands to flee their homes. He wants the drug trade to cease in its current, violent form, so that the gangs don't need to kill and maim in the first place.

And if all else fails, and greed and violence continue to uproot communities around the world, he wants people on all sides of every border to treat migrants with compassion and dignity.

Whether you're pro- or anti-immigration, we can all agree that treating people compassionately is important.

And we can all agree that, in a more just, more humane world, there'd be fewer bodies and lost lives to mourn. If that's because we learn to welcome them with open arms, great. If that's because we commit to lifting them out of poverty so that they don't need to flee their homes in the first place?

Even better.

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Moricz was banned from speaking up about LGBTQ topics. He found a brilliant workaround.

Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

However, during his speech, Moricz still delivered a powerful message about identity. Even if he did have to use a clever metaphor to do it.

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Actions speak far louder than words.

It never fails. After a tragic mass shooting, social media is filled with posts offering thoughts and prayers. Politicians give long-winded speeches on the chamber floor or at press conferences asking Americans to do the thing they’ve been repeatedly trained to do after tragedy: offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers. When no real solution or plan of action is put forth to stop these senseless incidents from occurring so frequently in a country that considers itself a world leader, one has to wonder when we will be honest with ourselves about that very intangible automatic phrase.

Comedian Anthony Jeselnik brilliantly summed up what "thoughts and prayers" truly mean. In a 1.5-minute clip, Jeselnik talks about victims' priorities being that of survival and not wondering if they’re trending at that moment. The crowd laughs as he mimics the actions of well-meaning social media users offering thoughts and prayers after another mass shooting. He goes on to explain how the act of performatively offering thoughts and prayers to victims and their families really pulls the focus onto the author of the social media post and away from the event. In the short clip he expertly expresses how being performative on social media doesn’t typically equate to action that will help victims or enact long-term change.

Of course, this isn’t to say that thoughts and prayers aren’t welcomed or shouldn’t be shared. According to Rabbi Jack Moline "prayer without action is just noise." In a world where mass shootings are so common that a video clip from 2015 is still relevant, it's clear that more than thoughts and prayers are needed. It's important to examine what you’re doing outside of offering thoughts and prayers on social media. In another several years, hopefully this video clip won’t be as relevant, but at this rate it’s hard to see it any differently.

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50-years ago they trade a grilled cheese for a painting. Now it's worth a small fortune.

Irene and Tony Demas regularly traded food at their restaurant in exchange for crafts. It paid off big time.

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Painting traded for grilled cheese worth thousands.

The grilled cheese at Irene and Tony Demas’ restaurant was truly something special. The combination of freshly baked artisan bread and 5-year-old cheddar was enough to make anyone’s mouth water, but no one was nearly as devoted to the item as the restaurant’s regular, John Kinnear.

Kinnear loved the London, Ontario restaurant's grilled cheese so much that he ordered it every single day, though he wouldn’t always pay for it in cash. The Demases were well known for bartering their food in exchange for odds and ends from local craftspeople and merchants.

“Everyone supported everyone back then,” Irene told the Guardian, saying that the couple would often trade free soup and a sandwich for fresh flowers. Two different kinds of nourishment, you might say.

And so, in the 1970s the Demases made a deal with Kinnear that he could pay them for his grilled cheese sandwiches with artwork. Being a painter himself and part of an art community, Kinnear would never run out of that currency.

Little did Kinnear—or anyone—know, eventually he would give the Demases a painting worth an entire lifetime's supply of grilled cheeses. And then some.

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