We Are All Humans (or, In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings)

Why does it take a disaster of some sort to bring people together in times of need. Don’t we all feel better when we rely on other people? What would be so hard about doing that on a regular basis? It frustrates me that people need to be motivated by some kind of devastating event (ie., Boston, Sandy Hook, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Columbine….) to come together and behave… well… human. The phrase “Can’t we all just get along??” comes to mind.

I can’t even begin to express my frustration levels right now. And then, to top it off, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket? REALLY? REALLY??? What kind of prick takes advantage of devastation to push his/her agenda?

And now, rumors are flying that one of the deceased in the attach was an 8 year old child. A CHILD. Who was probably thrilled to see the Boston Marathon, and cheer the racers on. Innocent. Not old enough to understand the danger he was in until it was probably too late.

I can’t even begin to put into words the anguish I feel about this. I want to yell at the bomber, to comfort the injured, to hug the families and to take care of those who need it. But what I really want is for we humans to realize that we are all in this together. Whatever language you speak, god you worship (or don’t worship, whatever works for you), food you eat, or race you run, we are all humans. We all have struggles. It shouldn’t have to take events like 9/11 to make us realize this.

“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone is fighting some kind of battle.”

~Philo of Alexandria


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