I would like to say I am amazed by the people who rushed to help in Boston yesterday, but I am not. Humanity rises to the surface when catastrophe occurs, as it did in Boston, and it strengthens my belief that we want to be a society that cares and takes care because it is the best way to live our lives, not for personal gain.
When asked to pray yesterday for Boston one word entered my head, “Peace”. Peace for the people injured in the explosions, peace for the people who ran to help and take care of them, peace for their families, and peace for the bombers. Yes, for the bombers, who probably need the prayers most of all. Think of how far these people have strayed to believe this is the best way to be heard and noticed.
I know what will happen, the debate over violence will escalate and knee-jerk decisions will be made to prevent other incidents. And then we will move on to the next tragedy or scandal. We need t0 take a step back, take a deep breath, and look for the root cause of the problem and it is buried deeply in the psyche of American society. The desperate need to be noticed in a society that perpetuates bigger and more is better. We have a black, rotten spot in our core and it is growing. Let’s take the opportunity to look inside ourselves and focus on what is important; family, community, and health among others, not wall-sized televisions, reality shows, SUV’s, and enormous homes. The material doesn’t last, Boston proved that yesterday, but the people and the compassion do.