Do you know of people who were under pressure to make a very net-negative decision and did not do so? If yes, please let me know! Petrov Day is around the corner, and I’d like to generate some examples of people who, like Petrov and Vasili Arkhipov, made decisions that should be celebrated.
From the Forum Wiki entry about Stanislav Petrov:
On 26 September 1983, Petrov defied Soviet military protocol and classified reports by an early-warning system of an incoming missile strike from the United States as a false alarm. Because of this decision, which likely avoided a large-scale nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States, Petrov is often referred to as “the man who saved the world.” His decision to report the incident as a false alarm has been described as “the most important decision of all time.”
You can read more about the incident in the Vox article on the subject.
I’m looking forward to learning about more people and incidents like this.