I want to say something meaningful. I’m not sure I can.
Patton Oswalt has said it best today, and I’m not sure I have more to add, though in the coming days I might.
“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.”
It’s about as perfect of a statement as I can imagine. There are more of us and we are filled with love and potential and peace and goodness. And we just need to KNOW it, and live it, and say it, to not be afraid of being earnest and kind and soft.
The ones with the virus of violence, the wiring gone wrong…they can’t stand up to majority, a vast majority of people who KNOW they are capable of peace.
There were people running TOWARDS the explosion. To help. Even though all hell was breaking loose.
I don’t know how violence can fight back against people who are willing to risk their lives to help others.
I don’t know how we can live here though, knowing that so much other violence is happening daily in other countries. Other bombs. Other wars. We have to find the collective will and compassion and empathy to make that peace the norm no matter the religion, the nationalism, the color of skin, the gender or orientation. Because this happened, and countless other examples throughout the years. And it matters too. What drives this violence all comes from the same root.
We have to. Because there are more of us, yes? So we have to help.
I’m so sad tonight, but I’m so proud of the helpers.