Long ago Edmund Burke observed that “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Passive acceptance of evil is a serious social disease but there is an antidote called “doing something” and a glimmer of hope that this anti-toxin is spreading, leading to a new aphorism: “All that is necessary to defeat evil is for good people to do something.” Evil cannot survive the mobilized commitment of good people.
From the glass is half full perspective we need to note the possibility that we be may be experiencing an outbreak of responsible citizenship and good Samaritanship. On the heals of the uplifting pride-inspiring story of the three young Americans who disarmed a dedicated terrorist on a train from Amsterdam to Paris (http://goo.gl/V3ECBp) we learn of another incident of RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP. The horrible shooting of a Louisiana state trooper was followed by the intervention of private citizens who apprehended the killer. See story at http://goo.gl/df88ij
Let’s hope that these examples inspire others to stand up to, and if necessary, tackle and take down evil.