Here at the PCMJ, we like to recognize good men who do good things. Men today are hit with so much negativity that the great and noble actions of ordinary men frequently go unnoticed. And most men have the potential to rise to the occasion when the situation demands it.
And thus we see an immigrant from the Republic of Mali rise to such stature in France. For reasons which are not exactly clear, an 8-month old boy scrambled out onto the balcony of a fourth-story apartment. The young one slipped and fell---and clung to the ledge by his fingertips.
Then, 22 year-old Mamoudou Gassama took action. He scaled the building wall---covering about 50 feet in an astounding 30 seconds---he reached the little boy and returned him to the safety of his own home. Gassama's exploit was captured on video---which has gone viral in Europe---earning him the nickname The Spiderman of Paris.
"I didn't have time to think. I ran across the road to try and save him," Gassama told reporters after being decorated for valor personally by President Emmanuel Macron. "I just climbed up and, thank God, God helped me. The more I climbed, the more I found the courage to climb higher. That's it."
Yes, that's it. The formula for courage spelled out: faith in oneself, faith in one's neighbor, and faith in God. And that faith combined with action.
Gassama was not only decorated by the French President; he was given his French citizenship and offered a position in the French Fire Services.
Good going, Mr. Gassama.