Monday, April 15th, 2013
2 years, 4 months.
Today is a difficult day for Americans.
During the Boston Marathon, two bombs exploded in the midst of the crowd at the finish line. Three people were killed, several people lost limbs, and more than 100 were injured is what is assumed to be an act of terror.
It’s easy to ask questions like why or how could something like this happen.
As I’ve watched my Facebook friends react to this tragedy, there are two specific quotes I am watching go viral. The first is from Mr. Rogers:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
The second is from one of my favorite stand-up comedians, Patton Oswalt, which he posted as his Facebook status:
“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… 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…
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.’”
While my heart is heavy as I think about and pray for all those affected by this tragedy, I strangely find comfort in the words and wisdom of both a children’s television host and a stand-up comedian:
Look for the helpers… like white blood cells attacking a virus.
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