Another Day, Another Hero
We have all heard stories about atrocious tragedies in which no one did anything to help anyone (i.e. the soul-crushing story Kitty Genovese, which is actually a little more complicated than the legend that has grown up around it).
But the more common response looks more like this storyfrom the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in which a random group of bystanders rushed into a burning van to rescue five disabled passengers before the vehicle burst into flames. Heroism is a lot more prosaic than we think. *Special thanks to Thomas for sending me this story.