Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Heroism in the Midst of Tragedy
It’s hardly something I can celebrate today--not in the context of the terrible sadness of those who will have to live with the murderous acts of Cho Seung-Hui. I’m sure that any family would much rather have their father/husband/son than a memorial for a hero. Yet it’s exactly that heroism that I would hope I could show in the same situation, that same courage that saves lives even in sacrifice.
It’s hard to celebrate Liviu Librescu today when we mourn, but it’s a name we will celebrate for years to come as we remember this tragedy. While a murderer was terrorizing a school, Professor Librescu did what he could to save his class full of students.
I don’t know what he was like in his daily life, but I think that this glimpse of him provides one hell of a measure of the man.
When the time for mourning is past, remember to celebrate the uncommon courage of people like Librescu.
Update: Kindly linked by my buddy, Trench, who also has a good number of links you should be reading.
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