It’s a sad fact that we as a community get excited about people doing things that anyone with a moral compass that hasn’t been shattered into a million pieces would do. There are still things that we should be expected to do as humans,
but by a bizarre turn of events somewhere in history, decency is something of a novelty.
When 54-year-old Tamara Woodard fell onto the T tracks in Cambridge and lost consciousness, roughly five people jumped down to help her out. Similar incidents like this one have happened in Boston, including one this summer when a woman and her young son were helped off the tracks at the Kendall station after falling in.
In a time where so many horrible things happen to people at the hands of other people, and we turn on the TV expecting to be overwhelmed with unpleasant news, it’s okay to be able to reflect on a good deed now and then. We want to be able to think that anyone in situations like these would have acted the same way. But we know that’s not true.
That’s the sugar-coated version and life isn’t sugar-coated anymore.
What it comes down to is that it’s nice to know that there are still some good people left out there—in Boston, at least—and if one day you fall in a manhole or trip on the sidewalk and break both of your wrists,
someone will be around to help you up.