I cannot understand the thinking behind atrocious and violent acts against others. I’m sure that’s because I’m trying to apply reason and thought to something completely unreasonable and thoughtless.
I imagine that one of the objectives of someone who would wreak havoc on the lives of others is that they want to make us recoil. Make us shudder and draw back into ourselves. Make us pause, stop, hold our breath. Make us question life. Make us afraid of the world. Make us fear life. Make us run away and hide.
Oftentimes that is the message given to us by the authorities and first responders. They want to keep us safe from the danger. It was one of the messages tonight in Boston: go back to your hotels or homes, don’t congregate in large groups, get away from the scene because you are vulnerable there.
The person who orchestrated this vile and sinister event was probably counting on us to listen to that; that the people in Boston would turn away and isolate themselves from the world–the dangerous world that had been thrust upon them.
But that’s not our way. We don’t cower. We don’t hide. We don’t give up. That’s not our nature.
As I watched footage from the scene, I saw more people running and scrambling toward the event than from it. Hurrying to help those who were injured. Scrambling to offer a hand to those in need. Urgently moving to provide aid to anyone who needed it.
The person who designed and carried out this heinous plot intended to disrupt our lives. Wanted to make us turn and run. Turn against each other. This demented and tortured person didn’t see our soul. He didn’t count on us rejecting his plan.
Times like these are when our true colors shine–when we see our friends, our neighbors, our fellow Americans in need. We help. We do. We act. We turn to each other.
We will carry on. We will continue our lives. We will remember this event and we will be stronger, more united, more generous and kind. We will not allow this to divide or destroy us. In honor of those who lost their lives or were injured, we will make this a better world–one act of kindness and love at a time.
We will donate blood, food, money, our homes to those in need. We will cherish our friends and family, hugging our kids a little tighter. We will lend a hand when we see someone in need.
For those with pernicious intentions, it should be noted that you have not spread evil and hatred. You have not made us lose hope. Instead, you have strengthened our spirit. We will not be held by your shackles. We will come together–with love and courage, strength and support, bravery and tenderness to stand united and carry on to honor those whose innocence was lost. We will carry on.