There is always a big difference between the person who just stood there and the one who did something to save lives or a situation. That person who carries out those acts of altruism and selflessness under great pressure often reminds people that the world still has great people. That person is a hero.
There is also these other heroes such as the women who came forward about sexual harassment, abuse and assault by powerful men. The undocumented immigrant students who excelled in the face of a harsh political environment in the United States. The besieged human rights lawyers defying an increasingly authoritarian Chinese government. The Native American teenagers who helped halt an energy pipeline that would have devastated their homeland in the Dakotas.
Here’s a list of acts of heroism that will likely surprise you. Some of them come from unlikely sources, and most of them required amazing courage to overcome impossible odds.
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