I watched ordinary people running towards the explosions, pulling debris off of the injured. Acting selflessly and bravely and doing what needed be done in the most challenging of circumstances. One of the truly inspiring moments in the face of the unfathomable in Boston.
When we speak of leadership, they are leaders who have the title and the responsibilities in their job description. We can call them formal leaders. Then there are the mindset leaders. Those individuals who look past defined roles, in this case their own personal safety, and do what needs to be done.
In Boston, extreme cases of people going above and beyond their own personal safety in service of a greater good. What makes people have a broader awareness and act selflessly? Of being able to think and act and judge and do? I believe it’s the best in us and I choose on this day to celebrate that impulse we all possess.
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I leave you with a quote from Patton Oswald from the Huffington Post:
“Every once in a while, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil-doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.”