Once you get past the people arguing that the people of Texas deserve a natural disaster because they voted for Trump, you find politicians squabbling about the Sandy relief bill and how they won’t be vindictive and petty when it’s their turn to bail out Houston.

But once you get past those people, you come upon some wonderful examples of human beings helping each other in a time of crisis. We almost slipped and called them heroes, but now that we’ve read Slate’s super-hot take on Hurricane Harvey, we know better than to overuse a word like “hero” just because people are stepping up in the face of a natural disaster.

Somebody had to come up with a contrary take, and it’s no surprise that it was Slate. But Katy Waldman’s piece, provocatively entitled, “Houston Doesn’t Showcase ‘America at Its Best,'” isn’t a slam on Houston, which Waldman likens to a “junior varsity team elevated by circumstance.”

No, what she’s trying to say is … well … you figure it out.

Disaster scientists have repeatedly punctured the myth, perpetuated by Hollywood and the media, that cataclysm awakens our worst selves. Rather, disruptive events loosen our mores just enough to permit new kinds of compassion ….

[Their] findings put a frame around the cooperative society that has lately emerged in Houston: It is a beautiful anomaly, a liquid note of silver momentarily liberated from its sheath of rust.

That — and not the photos of rescuers pulling people from flooded homes and cars — is what we needed to hear.

Slate, meet CNN. You two have a nice chat.

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