Many look to small victories, while despairing of the big picture.
In Las Vegas this week, President Donald Trump is praising the first responders, doctors and law enforcement, as he should. And every heart breaks over testimonials from survivors, alive due only to the sacrifice of friends and strangers.
Part of the reaction, of course, is because Americans’ default is optimism. Part of the country’s character is to look for the positive in the worst circumstances.
And so we saw, again, the search for heroes in the chaos. There were plenty, often ordinary citizens who risked their lives, acting as we hope we would.