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April 16, 2013

One hundred and sixteen years ago, a group of athletes started running in Hopkinton Massachusetts and didn’t stop until they reached the middle of Boston. Thus was born the Boston Marathon.

One day ago, a number of athletes and an even greater number of spectators were injured – some killed – by a number of bombs placed near the finish line.

I was in my office, a couple of miles away.  Completely unaffected, and yet, completely affected.

The reports have been coming in all night, continuing this morning.  The numbers keep rising.

My city will never be the same.  Bostonians will never be the same.

And yet, Bostonians are cut from a certain cloth; they have been true to character.  First responders, volunteers, and average passersby ran toward the explosion to help in any way they could.  People have opened their homes and businesses to offer shelter, comfort, and support to runners who’d lost their belongings, IDs, cellphones in the confusion.

Patton Oswalt had a great, profound, beautiful post on Facebook.  It’s been reposted everywhere so I don’t hesitate to post it here:

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.”

I’ve seen a lot of #prayforboston tags on Twitter and Facebook.  Please do – we need it.  Send good vibes, kind thoughts, prayers – we’ll take any and all.

We will carry on – we will rise above – but we need it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 18, 2013 10:20 pm

    Praying for your family. Prayers for Boston.

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