The humanity of the Boston bombing

18 Apr

I’m still processing the Boston bombing, and the fear, anger and suspicion that the bombing has stirred. As much as our outrage and terror is about Boston, it’s about humanity: I’ve heard one too many people say the world is going to heck in a handbasket. And the blame lies with “these days,” as in everything has gotten so bad “these days.”

As I struggle with my own fear and identification with this particular tragedy (I’ve run Boston, and I’ve had the joy of seeing my partner, sister and friends cheering me on along different race routes), I’m thankful that I found this statement from actor Patton Oswalt. I hope it’s helpful to you, too.

Boston bombing Oswalt

I would only add that after you look “violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance” in the eye, take action: name it, stand with others in the face of it, poke it in the eyes, tell other people not to give up. Do something. Because not doing anything is actually doing something, too.

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