How Brave Decisions Prevented Another World War, and It Serves as a Lesson to All of Us

In the past, people have made decisions that saved the world. And even despite this, they stayed humble and weren’t interested in the fame. Those heroes literally saved our lives and proved that sometimes you need to disobey to make the right choice. Their character, logic, and strength of mind played a huge role in stopping a war.

We at Bright Side are happy to share with you a story about correct decisions that were made not by protocol, but by guided rationality and humanism.

Vasili Arkhipov: “You (and almost everyone you know) owe your life to this man.”

Not many of us know who this man is. But in October of 1962, Vasili Arkhipov likely prevented a nuclear war.

Just imagine the tension. It was the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The confrontation between the USA and the Soviet Union was growing rapidly every day.

The chances of a real war were enormous. The US had deployed ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey, and Soviet ballistic missiles had been deployed in Cuba.

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