This week, several stories reminded us that life is often a contest between our better angels and our demons. On the demon side, a suspect was arrested in the horrific death of a man thrown in front of a New York subway train. On the angel side, three days later, a pair of bystanders helped save a person who’d fallen onto subway tracks. There was good news in Kate Middleton leaving the hospital, but bad news in the apparent suicide of the nurse who’d put through a prank phone call seeking medical information about the pregnant princess. In Egypt, the Arab Spring turned to winter, as thousands protested President Morsi’s attempt to consolidate power — while back home there was continued fascination with the cop who gave boots to a vet wrestling with demons of his own. Officer DePrimo’s selfless act of kindness grabbed our imagination, and summoned our better angels to help guide us through the holiday season.
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