You knew it had to happen again. It always does. Terrorists never rest.
Unlike the rest of us who eventually drop our guard and move on to our daily lives following terrorist attacks, those who plot such cowardly acts never quit. They are always on point getting ready for the next chance to horrify peaceful citizens.
Even when every bit of sensible security is exercised, these twisted individuals study and find ways to exploit the tiniest gaps in the security safety net. It's their job. No, it's their mission.
So we're left looking at images and hearing the stories of those who had their lives changed in an instant. And for me personally, I don't know how to respond except with disgust and anger.
Sure, I feel horrible for the victims and their loved ones. That goes without saying. But the thing I feel the most is anger and almost helplessness because really, if somebody is bent on doing what happened in Boston, they're going to find a way. I end up in defeatist mode and say to myself that I just hope I'm not one of the unlucky who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Leave it to actor/comedian Patton Oswalt to shine some positive light on the situation. He put the following lengthy post on his Facebook page. And I read it verbatim in its entirety because I feel these are words people need to hear.
Oswalt says, "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."
"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."
The words of actor/comedian Patton Oswalt. I couldn't have said it any better so I won't even try.
That's what I'm thinking.