When heading to work at Harvard Square, I usually ride in the front car, as it's closer to the exit ramp. This is also usually where there are people rushing to catch the train, and there's almost always a throng of entitled assholes who crowd around the doors, making you push through them to get out of the cars.
W'evs, I'm a big guy, and I have elbows. Usually just stretching my elbows our like wings causes at least one intelligent, non-entitled human to make space for me and whoever is behind me to exit.
Today, I saw someone not pushing but kind of bumping people out of his way as he cut into the crowd to try and get on the train before those of us already on the train got off, so he's the person that I made elbows at, and he bumped me, which is fine. The elbow flare is not a threat to be carried out, it's just a reminder to make space. I find the entitled throngs annoying, but they do not make me feel violent, just sad at what passes for humanity.
After the guy bumped me, I saw a guy with a cane wheeling his arms. I thought I had maybe bumped into him when the other guy bumped into me, so I hopped behind him, in case he fell, and asked if he needed to hold on to me. He very much did.
It turned out that nobody had bumped him, he was having massive balance issues. So I walked him into the train, letting the conductor, who was hanging out the window, know that I was coming back out.
Naturally, there were no open seats, and the one nearest the door was occupied by the guy who bumped me.
"Hey," I said, "this guy needs to sit down, could you give him your seat?"
He flat out didn't make eye contact or reply. He wasn't wearing headphones, and he was not Deaf or Heard Of Hearing, he was a pwiviweged woogums who didn't want to stand for a guy who physically Couldn't stand. Somebody across the aisle stood up, and I walked the guy to the seat, and walked out of the train. This probably took a full minute.
The conductor asked me where the guy was getting off, so he could help him, which is awesome, so I went back in to ask the guy, and the doors closed behind me, and I ended up riding the train to Central, hatefucking Pwiviweged Woogums with my eyes.
I got off at Central, and as soon as I got off, the conductor apologized, and said something something schedule, and it was fine. Nobody was injured by my twenty minute delay on the way to work.
And I was feeling pretty ok. Not because I helped the guy, that seems like basic human decency. But because on my way out, I sucker-elbowed Woogums right in the ear, and the guy who had stood up snorted real hard.