I was really excited to tell you about something that’s about to happen in our little corner of the universe.
But Boston hangs over me like a horrible dark cloud and I can’t shake it. I can’t publish a video right now.
So many good people used this event in the past to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes. Now comes a report that the perpetrators placed one their bombs right next to the area reserved for the Newtown survivors.
It’s too much.
Yet in the midst of this evil, look at what happened. People rallied instinctively. Witnesses ran toward the explosions to help the wounded.
The Red Cross reports that blood supplies are now sufficient to take care of the injured.
Nearby residents are sheltering runners left stranded by the crime scene. Calls to patronize businesses blocked off by “yellow tape” have gone nationwide.
This is how we respond to evil. We want to help. No one needs to tell us that.
So often we hear it’s our weaknesses and faults that make us real and approachable. But in times like this we find that it’s responding to our better natures that really makes us human.
Still, this is a heartbreaking fork in the road of history and it will be a long time before The Boston Marathon becomes the joyous expression of human potential and generosity for which it has always been known.
I wish I hadn’t felt compelled to write this. But I wonder if we have enough outlets to discuss this, other than with family and close friends. If you have some thoughts you’d like to share, please feel free to post them here.
Here’s what Patton Oswalt wrote: