Late Saturday morning, due to an employee pushing the wrong button, the people of Hawaii were notified that a ballistic missile was on its way to their tiny island. With nowhere to run, nowhere to hide the people of Hawaii were justifiably worried. After 38 soul-cleaving minutes, a follow-up message was sent notifying the people that it was a false alarm.Now that the ordeal is over and we're all safe, let us take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief and take stock of the important things in our lives. So often we're caught up in how we can get ahead, how we can "win" at life that we forget the important things in life. In life or death situations we see the true colors of many people come out and the true colors are that people, despite whatever vain, vapid bullshit appears to be taking place in our lives, care about other people. When push comes to shove, we saw Americans caring about fellow Americans despite petty feuds, rumors or political leanings. We saw Americans at their best.
The incoming ballistic missile warning terrified the crap out of people, justifiably so, however people didn't stay panicked. They rose to the occasion and took care of their neighbor. They showed us that in the face of certain death, America was still strong, and still had a bit of that cocky American swagger. That attitude of "You may get the first punch, but that's all you're gonna get."How the people of Hawaii handled this missile warning was nothing short of American. Understandably many were panicked, but from what we saw on the news was a lot of Americans braving what they thought to be the very end with, a sense of honor and a bit of all-American attitude. Hawaii we salute you.