Sad bad times sometimes bring forth heroes. They’re the mitigating silver lining. They’re what we focus on to avoid staring too hard at the greater despair.
But they can be hard to spot, these heroes. You don’t notice them beforehand. What do they look like? Not like my idea of a hero – handsome, twirly moustache, flying jacket, gentle eyes combined with slightly cruel mouth – sorry, I’m thinking of David Niven in A Matter of Life and Death.
So for these gloomy times, here are two lots of real heroes. They don’t look a bit like David Niven.
Who is this super hero? … Is it Henry, the mild-mannered janitor? Could beeeee…
Is it Patricia, the 61-year-old woman queuing to ask a question? No doubt about it. Jared Loughner shot dead six people – John Roll, Dorwin Stoddard, Christina Taylor Green, Gabe Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris and Phyllis Schneck. He seriously wounded Congresswoman Gabrille Giffords – his target. Patricia – and some other guys – stopped him shooting more. Here’s how she tells it:
Somebody said ‘get the gun’, and I was already up on my knees and over his waist. The gun was out of my reach, but he was reaching into his pocket with his left hand and pulling out a magazine, which fell on the sidewalk.
I managed to get the magazine before he could get it. I got it secure in my hand.
She then knelt on the Loughner’s legs to help hold him down. While doing so, she noticed that one of the men also helping restrain the gunman was bleeding from a head wound.
So I asked another gentleman to sit on the knees while I went to the store. They gave me some towels. I made a compress and held it on his head until the police came and secured the shooter.
Although 2011 started tragically, I feel it will be a year of eagerly anticipated change, where Egyptians will stand against sectarianism and unite as one.
I am not going as a representative of any religion. I am supporting all those who died as a result of ignorance. I feel great sympathy for her [a friend’s] family’s loss, yet I don’t feel that as a Muslim I should apologize on the behalf of murderers.
And one more from Fatima Mostafa, joining Copts for the day to show that Muslims feel their sorrow.
I want to show the world that Islam is a religion of peace and that such attacks are nothing more than a result of poverty, ignorance and oppression.
Last pic below – Muslim human shield volunteers raise the Koran and Bible together.
Good going all you heroes – I salute you.