You can tell a lot about a person by how they react to a tragedy. For instance, there are people already trying to blame Muslims or Obama for what happened at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Those people are assholes. But I don’t want to talk about them.
Instead, I want to talk about the outpouring of kindness and generosity from people around the world. I want to talk about how the Red Cross website crashed due to the number of donations. I want to talk about how less than three hours after the explosions, the Red Cross had all the blood donations it could possibly need. I want to talk about the hundreds of people offering places to stay. I want to talk about these people.
There are dozens of pictures, videos, and stories of people pitching in to help wherever they can. Many people across the country are donating money to help with the response effort. It’s truly heartwarming to see a community come together in this way after a tragedy. Yesterday we saw the worst humanity has to offer, and today we get to see the best.
I feel like people who commit these horrible acts are out to prove something. Maybe they’re trying to instill fear in us, maybe they want to split communities apart, or maybe they want to show how terrible people can be. Whatever their reasons, they failed. We are strong, and we will recover from this. Maybe there’s hope for us after all.