There are no words to say that make sense out of this tragedy so I would like to share some of what I’ve seen in the past week that reminds me how proud I am to be human.
I have a special connection to Boston. My sister always dreamed of going to Harvard and though she ended up at Wellesley college, in a suburb of Boston, (we almost disowned her, what a disappointment, it’s where underachievers like Hillary Clinton go) and I visited her many times there. At the very least, a large part of my sisters’ heart resides there and therefore, so does mine.
Also, I can’t imagine a worse tragedy for runners at the end of a marathon than to lose their life or a limb.
I saw this video and thought it was extraordinary at showing the heart of runners, even those unable to run.
I saw this on my cousin’s FB page that someone else wrote. Thought it was very appropriate:
Boston. Fucking horrible.
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.”
Found on George Takei Facebook with the following caption:
After the Westboro “Baptist Church” said it would picket the funerals of those killed at the Boston Marathon (and blamed same-sex marriage for the attacks), Anonymous “brandjacked” their FB page, with epic results, seen here.
There was much of this going around and I loved seeing it every time:
Jen from over at Sprite’s Keeper was quoted by her husband as saying (and I couldn’t agree more)…
“Chechnyan, Muslim, Martian, an asshole is an asshole no matter where your birthplace is.” -Jennifer Cohen