Reposted from my Facebook wall. Even though it might be a bit too self-promotional, I think it’s important enough to spread love in these moments that I’ll put my self-awareness aside.
Hope it gives you some comfort:
Patton Oswalt and Mister Rogers have said similar things about Boston, but the thing I find most comforting to hold in my heart at moments like this is that this stupid bullshit does *not* constitute the fundamental quality of the human race.
Humanity is not sick, the world is not depraved, we are not fallen or evil. Because if we were, we’d all celebrate this rather than grieve over it. Sure, we may all, from time to time, be insufficiently concerned with justice and peace, but I think it’s what all of us non-sociopaths want, even if we have different ways of going about it.
And I know this because just about everyone I’ve talked to seems genuinely moved and disturbed by what we’ve seen. It’s at these moments that we realize that we are all connected, that when one of us hurts, we all hurt.
It’d be an even greater blessing if we could take this hurt and let it open our eyes to the idea that violence will never beget anything but violence, regardless of who’s committing it.
Something tells me that’s not going to happen anytime soon, though. So in these moments, the only thing we can do is love each other even more than we did yesterday.
Because that, and not *this*, is why we’re here.