Tuesday Open Thread

April 16, 2013

It’s a somber Tuesday morning for me. As a very amateur runner and one-time resident, I can’t stop thinking about yesterday’s horrific attack at the Boston Marathon. I can’t get over the very calculated catastrophe: right at the finish line, when runners are exulting in what their bodies just managed to accomplish. As this piece in the New Yorker said:

When we find out who did this, we may well find some fascination with the event—perhaps a foreign terrorist, or a sick American. Perhaps it was someone who spotted a terribly easy target. Or perhaps it was someone who saw a reflection of the human spirit and decided just to try to shatter it.

Some of you know I was at a shopping mall the day after Sandy Hook, when a shooter put us in lockdown for a couple of hours. Thankfully, no one was hurt that day. Since then I have struggled with fear when in crowded public places, like Disneyland. It never occurred to me to be frightened at a race. Until now  😥

But I took a lot of comfort in comedian Patton Oswalt’s facebook post:

…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.”

What’s on your mind today?