Still, many real-world heroes do seem to be extraordinary in one way: They have an uncommonly expansive view of humankind, one that accords high value to all people no matter their faith or background. In her studies of World War II rescuers, [UCI] political scientist Kristen Monroe has noted the presence of this trait, which she calls a sense of “common humanity.” This inclusive mindset—often fostered by important role models—likely motivates some heroes to take action.

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