Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The voice of true life

"It was better that I died trying than that I did not attempt to save her"

Eirik Høie Mortensen (16) who swam in the cold waters off Utoya island holding up two other young people, one of which had been shot whom he held for 65 minutes and the other cramped and near drowning whom he also held for 20 minutes. All three survived. Eirik does not consider himself a hero but only feels he did what was right to do.

I wonder what kind of world we could have if we could only have some of this young man's sacrificial and determined compassion.


Full story in Norwegian here: