Compare and contrast:
1/ ” The idea that humankind has a special place in the scheme of things persists among secular thinkers. They tell us that human beings emerged by chance and insist that ‘humanity’ can inject purpose into the world. But, in a strictly naturalistic philosophy, the human species has no purpose. There are only human beings, with their conflicting impulses and goals. Using science, human beings are transforming the planet. But ‘humanity’ cannot use its growing knowledge to improve the world, for humanity does not exist.” – John Gray, ‘Humanity doesn’t exist’, New Statesman (10/02/11)
2/ ” Adrian Heili, whose intervention almost certainly helped to save the life of Danny Biddle, who lost both legs, an eye and his spleen in the Edgware Road blast, had served with the Austrian army in Kosovo. Group Captain Craig Staniforth, an RAF wing commander, smashed a window in his undamaged train, which had pulled up alongside the bombed Edgware Road carriage, and swung from the handrails to climb into the wreckage to help desperately injured survivors. He talked to John Tulloch, who had serious head injuries, telling him about his daughter’s university applications in a desperate bid to stop him going to sleep.
“Others, however, were not professionals. Events organiser Steven Desborough was being evacuated from the Aldgate train, when he turned – ‘I don’t know why’ – and climbed into the wrecked carriage. He cradled 24-year-old Carrie Taylor in the moments before she died” – Esther Addley, ‘Seven Lessons From 7/7’ – The Guardian (06/05/11)