I was delighted to be quoted in this ABC News article on acts of heroism following the Boston marathon bombing. When people answer evil deeds with compassion and courage, our faith in human nature is restored. We gain mastery of our fear and recommit to the values of compassion and mutual responsibility that are the basis of a civilized society. The article references my Psychology Today blog post on The Six Attributes of Courage.
The article poses the age old question that is especially relevant in light of the events in Boston. Without a second thought, brave men and women rushed in to help the victims of the bombing - taking the risk that another bomb could detonate and hurt them. What makes a hero? Is it a matter of "brave genes' or "doing what the situation calls for," or perhaps a bit of both? The article argues that the essence of heroism is a commitment to 'something larger than oneself" This could be a set of values and principles we hold dear, a national identity, or acts of love and compassion that transcend self-interest.
Here's a link to the full article:
Here is a quote from the ABC News article: