I’m sure by now you’ve seen the horrific footage of the stage collapsing at the Indiana State Fair yesterday. Five people were crushed to death.
What’s remarkable about the video, however, is how everyone responded. You can see, before the collapse, people trying to get out of the way. It’s not a stampede. Afterward, there’s plenty of screaming, but not a Hollywood-style panic. Instead, there is a surge of people forward to try to help: to lift the collapsed stage, pull survivors free and tend to the wounded. There are people who will survive this tragedy because of the heroic and smart actions of people they don’t even know.
We are far better than anyone gives us credit for.