…a civilized society compensates for the human propensity to screw up. that’s why we have single-payer firefighters and police officers. that’s why we require seat belts. when someone who has been speeding gets in a car accident, the 911 operator doesn’t sneer: “you were irresponsible, so figure out your own way to the hospital” — and hang up. to err is human, but so is to forgive. living in a community means being interconnected in myriad ways — including by empathy. to feel undiminished by the deaths of those around us isn’t heroic ayn rand individualism. it’s sociopathic. compassion isn’t a sign of weakness, but of civilization.