One man’s eloquent thoughts on the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings

As the news has come in about the horrific tragedy today in Boston, we are left with the same feeling we got last December after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings…in the early morning of 9/11/01…or even as far back as eighteen years ago this week–April 17, 1995–the Oklahoma City bombing….

Is there nowhere that we can feel safe?

As of this writing, three people are now dead from the explosions–one of them an eight-year-old child–and the FBI is calling the bombings “a potential terrorist attack.”

I have come to approach these senseless takings of lives in an admittedly imperfect way, almost as if they are out of our hands–like natural disasters such as the Japanese tsunami, Hurricane Sandy or random tornado destruction–where a few poor souls just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the saying goes, “When your number’s up, your number’s up.”

Of course, this is in no way meant to diminish the grief of those who have lost loved ones through these tragedies, or to pardon or excuse the actions of those that caused the injuries and deaths. The fact remains that it could have been prevented, it didn’t have to happen…unlike natural disasters in which the only way to be safe is to be many miles away, because we have no way–at least not at present–to control the forces of Nature.

LIke I said, it was just my way to cope with it, so I don’t just stay inside every day and live in fear of potential terrorist attacks. Even then, one on a citywide scale or in my neighborhood could still fell me in my own home.

One of the only good things about Facebook and Twitter (some would say) is that both allow an individual or group a way to spread a thought or message across the country and around the world. So much the better if it’s a positive one.

This post was on Facebook this late afternoon. I’d like to share it with you. There is some strong language, but it’s not just for show–he is understandably upset and concerned, as I think we probably all should be, at least a little. After all–when will it be a sporting event we participate in or watch…an elementary school our child attends…an office building that we work in?

From Patton Oswalt:

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.”

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One thought on “One man’s eloquent thoughts on the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings

  1. It’s all over now. I would have preferred a conclusion of the 3D-HD-slow motion-camera-light-just-right type by blowing up the boat while the world sees what can happen if you pis off Americans. Since we’re suspending the Miranda rights, we could have suspended a few others and still managed to get a good night’s sleep. While it wouldn’t be technically right in the consitutional way, I would not have found fault with anyone if last night’s story had a more spectacular ending. Now a nearly bankrupt nation will use the best medical system in the world to bring this guy back to health, abuse him mentally and physically for mythical, magical information that will explain everything, which it will not.

    Just to make sure things are done right, we’ll assemble what is overwhelming evidence and even give him an attorney, unless some glory-seeking weasal will choose to represent him for noteriety and a warped sense of Constitutional justice rather than whatever passes for what’s left of human decency these days. It should be an unwinnable case for the murderer, unless we have prosecutorial or jury incompetence (see People v. Simpson, Orenthal James). Massachusetts does not have the death penalty so that means we’ll have the privilege and duty of housing him in a high security prison where he could spend as many as 70 years being a source of warped justice for extremists around the world trying to bring Death to America.

    We could have, and perhaps should have, blown that boat up in a mushroom cloud to remind people what happens when you choose to attack the Golden Eagle. All this to satisfy the dusty corpses of the framers who couldn’t imagine we’d stake out our TV’s and websites for 14 hours waiting to see how it all turns out mainly because such technology wasn’t even a dream at that point.

    But let’s roll back a few days, in the moments after the bombs detonated. A guy that “looked” guilty, was tracked down and against his will was detained until the police came. Then he was detained again because someone without seeing him do anything, decided he “looked” guilty. I’m glad, that at emotional time that someone with a gun was there to administer justice to the wrong person because he” looked” guilty.

    From a story written a few days after the student was more properly interpreted as a victim and not a perpetrator, “The 22-year-old, who is studying English, is still in hospital after suffering from serious burns and is said to be cooperating fully with authorities. He was tackled to the ground by a civilian who believed he was acting suspiciously. ” We are not as smart as we think we are.

    Thanks to a nation armed not with guns, but cameras, it was a matter of days before this case case was solved. Cameras capture a moment of time and with proper interpretation, can tell a story, in a much clearer way than an emotionally charged man with a gun cannot. So click away America. with your camera and not your gun. If you feel you must have a gun, have faith in the system and think hard before you pull the trigger. Make sure you know what you are doing because you don’t know who is watching. You may not as right as you think you are. Dead men tell no tales while survivors get to say what they think they saw.

    As for immigration poster child Uncle Ruslan’s disgraced nephew, we can only hope he bleeds to death in the hospital or is blugeoned behind walls some day, losing the worthless life he improperly used to end and maim others.

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