May the Best in the Human Spirit Vanquish the Worst in the Human Spirit

It has been a year and fifty days since the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013. The day after those events, I posted this wish:

May the best in the human spirit vanquish the worst in the human spirit.

That wish is also appropriate to the the massacre of protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989, which–still unrepented of by the leaders of China–casts a dark shadow over China 25 years later today. (In Chinese, this is called “The June Fourth Incident,” although the crackdown began on June 3, 1989.)

As I noted in the Quartz column I published yesterday, “The Man in the Tank: It’s time to honor the unsung hero of Tiananmen Square,” the best in the human spirit is evident not only in the courage of “Tank Man,” but also in those in the tanks, who showed unwillingness to drive over the top of him.     

Thanks to Josiah Neeley for reminding me of this photo in this tweet. I have usually seen the cropped photograph. Above is the uncropped version.