A Reflection on Heroism, Spurred by the 'Fukushima 50'.
Relatives from the 180 workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant are sharing tales of their loved ones' heroic acts:
"My dad went to the Nuclear Plant. I never heard my mother cry so hard. People at the plant are struggling, sacrificing themselves to protect you. Please dad come back alive."
"My husband is working knowing he could be radiated," He told me via email, "Please continue to live well. I cannot be home for awhile."
"My father is still working at the plant -- they are running out of food…we think conditions are really tough. He says he's accepted his fate…much like a death sentence…"
I have been thinking a lot about those 'ordinary' men (and women?), and I wonder what prompted them to volunteer their lives?
Philip Zimbardo, from Stanford University has been asking the same question, as part of his 'Heroic Imagination Project':
Villain, reluctant hero, hero . . . it's hard to tell what lies within each one of us. How would you act in the following situation?