He­roes teach a les­son in car­ing

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

The ter­ror­ist at­tack in Lon­don on Fri­day, in which a knife-wield­ing at­tacker stabbed two peo­ple be­fore be­ing shot and killed by po­lice, was re­mark­able in what it said about the hu­man spirit. Three passers-by – armed with a fire ex­tin­guisher, a me­tre-long nar­whal tusk and their own de­ter­mi­na­tion – over­pow­ered the at­tacker who, although it was later found was only armed with a knife, also wore what ap­peared to be an ex­plo­sive-packed sui­cide vest.

De­spite the ob­vi­ous dan­ger to them­selves, the three acted to save oth­ers – and their ac­tion pre­vented more deaths.

What would you do in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion? Would you run? Would you hide? Would you say: not my prob­lem?

In mod­ern so­ci­ety, self­ish­ness is of­ten the or­der of the day. There is sel­dom thought given to those around us, or to so­ci­ety in gen­eral.

Hon­our, brav­ery and dis­ci­pline are of­ten re­garded as traits of the re­ac­tionary fas­cist.

Yet, for so­ci­ety to func­tion at its op­ti­mal pos­si­ble level, we all have to look out for each other.

We have to re­alise that what we do im­pacts the lives of oth­ers.

You don’t have to take a bul­let or a knife blade to prove you’re a good ci­ti­zen, just think of oth­ers …

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