In a world of selfish bankers, bonus-chasing executives and expense-fiddling politicians, a supreme example of selflessness makes us feel better about being human.
And we all need to think better of the human race after the shame of the greedy, the selfish and the corrupt.
Heroism lifts us all. The Spartans at Thermopylae, The Few, the Alamo, enhance mankind.
So thanks Japan, you've shown the world the heights to which people can rise.