The power of appreciation
ITEM The Mike Tyson trial The hotel m which the jury is sequestered goes ablaze. Two fire fighters die in saving its occupants.
The trial of Mike Tyson made us increasingly aware of men-as-rapists. The tire fighters’ deaths did not make us increasingly aware of men-as-saviors. We were more aware of one man doing harm than of two men saving; of one man threatening one woman who is still physically alive than of dozens of men saving hundreds of people and two of those men being dead. In the United Slates, almost one million municipal fire fighters volunteer to risk their lives to save strangers. Ninety-nine percent of them are men.23 In exchange they ask only for appreciation In exchange they are ignored.