The whole world is reeling from the effects of the Boston Marathon bombing yesterday, and I’m no different. It’s unavoidable, as every major news outlet is covering the event with laser-like precision, and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook have lit up like Christmas trees with people discussing the attack – I couldn’t avoid it if I wanted to.
However, avoiding it is the wrong decision. We have to face this horrible event head-on, despite its graphic and harrowing qualities, as to do otherwise is to simply roll over and admit defeat. I hate to trot out the whole “the terrorists have already won” line, considering how it was offensively trite even before it was ever uttered, but there’s a grain of truth there: if we all run around in a panic instead of banding together in support, we run the risk of falling prey to the darkness of fear and anger, and before you know it the light of our humanity will be snuffed out like a candle in a hurricane wind of pain.
What we need now is to come together in solidarity with the people who’ve been victimized by this act of violence. The time for political recriminations, wild false-flag conspiracy theories, cynicism, or cries of “serves you right” is not now; instead we have to come together as not just Americans but human beings. We have to condemn the actions of whomever was behind this attack, but more importantly we must provide aid and comfort to those injured so brutally and completely without provocation. We must provide succor to the families of those who have paid the ultimate price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time; no one deserves to die in such a terrible, horrific manner, and no one has the right to take the life of an innocent – no matter the reason.
So stand together now. Be that light against the darkness. Keep it at bay by putting aside our differences and coming together in support for the injured and the families of those who senselessly lost their lives. Take action, whether it be donating to the Red Cross, going down to your local hospital and giving blood, or simply doing your best to spread compassion and understanding to anyone who’s been effected by this horrible event. To do anything else would be inhuman.