Tuesday, 16 April 2013

A renewed faith in humanity...through evil and terror

Last night, I sat down in the family room with the older boys and Hubster and we watched CNN for an hour while Threepeat watched a movie in the kitchen on the laptop with headphones on. 

I was sickened by the video, audio and still photos of the carnage at the Boston Marathon.  The boys asked lots of questions and we discussed everything from terrorism to how bombs are made to how people succumb to their injuries.  As we talked, I found myself getting angry and hateful.  How could someone DO this to so many innocent people?  There was nothing political about the Boston Marathon...it was a place where people who had worked so hard for so long were finally living their dream.  People had raised money for charity; there were people in wheelchairs "running" this marathon.  These were GOOD people doing GOOD things.  So why then would someone want to hurt or kill them?  WHY?!

We talked about 9/11 and whether we thought the bombs were set by people like Osama Bin Laden or if it was another whacko like Timonthy McVeigh or even that little freak, Kim Jon Un.  And I really started to lose faith in humanity.  "This world is beyond repair" I thought.  "We are so done."

And then there was a snippet of video that caught my eye.  It was a video of several police officers running.  TOWARDS THE BOMB!  I watched as they ran to help the victims.  Next, a still shot of three officers with their guns drawn, again, running TOWARDS the danger, not away from it.  I saw others, civilians, helping victims.  Holding them as they bled on the sidewalk; holding rags around bleeding limbs to slow down the bleeding; carrying victims to ambulances.  I saw men in military uniforms removing fences and lifting heavy rubble out of the way.  It was truly amazing.

At that moment, my heart swelled.  I had a thought that I carry with me this morning.  For every evil, hateful, sick, twisted individual, there are thousands, nay MILLIONS of human beings whose hearts are pure.  For every terrorist, there are millions of good, good people who are willing to put their lives on the line to help complete strangers.  In the first moments of tragedy through terror, we tend to dwell on the evil and lose our faith that there are good people out there.  We are frightened, we are angry and we feel lost.

But through what I saw on CNN last night, I realize that these sick cowards have NOTHING on us.  They are still an tiny, evil  flea on the back of a massive dinosaur of good.  If this were not true, we would have self-imploded as a human race hundreds of years ago.  Good will always win over evil.

And so, as Bostonians, Americans and in fact, the entire world, pick up the pieces after this heinous event, I hope that others will take heart in knowing that there are good people in the world.  We must never lose sight of that fact. 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you."

Isaiah 43:2

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