This is one of those heart-stopping moments that you have to watch over and over again. You can't help but go back and see if what you just saw was real.
Luckily, for the bloodied and injured pilot in the video, the Los Angeles police officers rescuing him were real men.
They rushed into chaos and immediately began prying at the steel and aluminum fuselage that minutes earlier was an intact Cessna 172 airplane but that was now a heap of wreckage on an active railroad track.
I don't know about you, but moments like these force me to stop and wonder,
"If I was one of those officers, what would I have done?"
Of course, you'd want to believe that you would do the same. That you would have emerged a hero. That you wouldn't have sat back and watched.
Truth Be Told.
Things like this happen all of the time all over the world. But it's not too often that you get to watch it work out as it did here.
I believe that, thankfully, some men would have done the same. Some men would have tried to help if they could.
But I don't believe that, if given the opportunity, most men would have leaped into action and abandoned safety for the sake of saving someone's life.
Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that most men are not heroic. Or that they don't have what it takes. On the contrary.
God created man with great strength and zeal. He made us with deep passions to protect and an indomitable spirit to overcome challenges. Men were made for these sorts of situations.
But what God made in men still needs to be sharpened with extreme intentionality. And sharpening is not possible without being rubbed against something tougher and stronger. Friction and heat are a byproduct of it all.
Zebras and Lions.
In situations where we are called to risk, to act, to leap into chaos and create order, the average man finds it much easier to be a Zebra.
It's easy to stand around and watch someone be eaten. I know that's true because those videos get shared and reshared often. Why? Because the Zebras are the ones recording the damn thing!
Zebras will dwell in large packs and try to blend together in hopes that they would not become the next victim.
Men don't do it because they're heartless. They do it because they don't know another way.