You would no doubt have heard about this heartening incident at Stirling Train Station, in which a hapless commuter who fell between the platform and a train was rescued by pretty much every able bodied man, woman and child present.

Video of it has gone viral, and no wonder. It's a touching example of the goodwill that resides in every human heart, even if it seems not to be overtly expressed that often. 

The incident occurred here, but I don't think there's anything uniquely "Perthesque" about it. You'd see the same thing happen at pretty much any other crowded station in the free world. Still, there's no denying that it reflects well on the city.

Many are expressing the sentiment that it "restores faith in humanity". I always find such comments a little odd. Why does it need to be restored? Have we all lost it?

And while it certainly is a vivid illustration of man's essential goodness, as well as his genius for cooperation in a crisis, it's not as if there is a lack of these to choose from. 

Those commuters focused their energies to tilt the train, thereby allowing the trapped man to be pulled to safety. Similarly -- but less spectacularly -- every long suffering worker holding down a day job creates more wealth, some of which trickles down to those trapped in economic deprivation.

It's called capitalism, and while it's far from perfect and often looks pretty very unfair -- even brutal -- on the surface, as yet no one has come up with a better system.

So if you feel you've lost your faith in humanity then remember that you don't have to wait for a viral video like Salvation at Stirling Station to come along. Something less obviously heroic -- but nonetheless noble -- is going on at the same location (and countless others like it) pretty much all the time.