There are no words to adequately describe how yesterday’s tragedy made me feel. I can’t even say that I feel angry anymore. After 9-11, I accepted the fact that evil always has and always will exist in this world. I know that I will never understand what could possibly drive someone to intentionally harm so many innocent people and I also understand that we will never be able to stop these horrific acts of terror from happening. All we can do is live our lives the best we can and prepare ourselves for the moment when evil knocks on our door.
I turned on my computer today minutes before the explosions happened and started my usual routine of reading e-mails and catching up on the news. Less than 1 minute after the explosion, I noticed a friend of mine post “I’m safe and away from danger”. I knew he was in Boston for the marathon, but had no idea what he was talking about. Seconds later, several people commented on his post in relief that he wasn’t harmed. Still confused, I looked back at the national news site that I was reading in hopes to find out what happened. Nothing. I looked back to my Facebook timeline and Twitter feed to find several people posting about an explosion that happened in Boston, all before the news could even get the initial reports out. I knew of 2 more people that were at the event and I immediately started scrolling down my Facebook page to see if they had updated anything. Same thing. A quick “We are OK” was posted to let all their friends and loved ones know that they were safe. What I witnessed right there was the true power of social media. I never turned on my TV, and never wound up reading a single news article. The Boston Police Department was updating their Twitter feed regularly to keep everyone informed, and several people at the event were posting pictures and posts about what was happening.
What I noticed the most, was the overwhelming amount of people offering their support to all those affected by this tragedy. I saw first-responders wishing they were there to jump in and help, the on-line church group that I participate in asking people to give them names of people involved so they could pray for them and others were already talking about donating blood and money. This is what America is all about, and this is why I believe that we live in the greatest country on Earth.
It wont take long before we start pointing fingers at each other. Once the blood dries and the smoke clears, the usual politics will take place. Right vs Left, Republican vs Democrat, Obama this, Bush that, etc. Unfortunately, some of this has already started. If we can’t blame one another for the actual act, we will find a way to accuse the other side of either not doing enough to prevent it or not doing enough after. The important thing to remember is that evil exists and if we don’t stand up and fight against it, it will win every time. As free-willed individuals, we will never agree on everything and that’s OK. But let’s not lose focus on what’s important. Lets stick together as Americans to help one another and stand united to fight the evil forces that wish to cause us harm.
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in yesterday’s tragedy.