Stirring stuff at the Boston Garden last night. Tragedies like the bombing at Monday’s Boston Marathon are becoming all too common but it’s truly inspiring to see everyone come together during such difficult times. I recently read that the human race is at its best when things are at their worst – that was definitely true on Monday.
I have so much respect for the first responders who ran towards the bombs to help the injured. Policemen, Firemen and Military personnel, who were unaware if more bombs were about to go off, didn’t think twice about running towards the explosions. They are heroes and I’m proud to live in a country that has such fearless public servants.
The most eloquent reaction to Monday’s bombings came from an unlikely source. It wasn’t the President, a politician, or a columnist who best expressed the sadness, anger and confusion felt by most Americans on Monday – it was Patton Oswalt, an actor. His Facebook post has gone viral and been shared hundreds of thousands of times, rightfully so…
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”
But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
I needed that reminder that “the good outnumber you, and we always will.” Prayers for everyone in Boston and I know the city and the entire country will bounce back stronger than ever.