Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Good Outnumber You

Boston. Fucking horrible. 
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. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness. 
But 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."
-Patton Oswalt on The Boston Marathon Bombings

It's hard to be optimistic about the human race after this kind of tragedy. You can't sugar coat any of it and frankly I don't think you could more accurately describe yesterday's events than Oswalt's plain and simple, "Fucking Horrible."

But Oswalt also does make a beautiful and wonderful point. Explosions, terror, blood... and people were running towards it to help everyone else. In the past 24 hours I have seen absolute carnage--photos of violent injury that I will never be able to forget and yet what sticks in my mind the most...

Is the immense caring and love that has reached out to the people of Boston and their loved ones.

During these events, the Red Cross is always in need of blood donations. They were able to meet current demand within a matter of hours thanks to amazing citizens of Boston. Some of these donations were made by runners who had finished prior to the explosions.

A Google Document was created so people could open their homes to out of town marathon runners who had no where to go. In fact people were stopping runners to make sure they had a bed to stay in, one man was even offering orange juice to runners still in shock. Even people who didn't live in town were offering to drive people wherever they needed to go.

Soup was cooked, meals were offered.

El Pelon Taqueria, a local hot spot, opened its doors to victims for a place to sit down and calm down without need to buy anything. Wifi, a place to charge their cellphones and food & drink were all offered and runners were told "pay only if you can".

Social media overflowed with care. People reaching out to loved ones to let them know they're okay, others reaching out to show their support, others merely shaken by the event called family just to say, "I love you."

Yes, something horrible happened on Monday... but whatever that one-fraction of humanity hoped to achieve, whatever they conspired to accomplish inherently failed. The nature of terrorism is to divide a community with fear and distrust. Instead we embraced each other; we became stronger.

If you aren't in the Boston area and want to help, remember donations to The Red Cross, regardless how small, are appreciated.

The Salvation Army is offering food and counseling to survivors and first responders.

And of course if anyone has any information on what happened, they're encouraged to phone 1-800-494-TIPS.

So if you're feeling lost and at odds with this world, remember, the good ones outnumber the bad. Tell the people important to you that you love them. Settle the petty things--they aren't worth the energy in the end. Remember our infinite capability for compassion in the face of adversity.

Be safe and take care.

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing what the human race is capable of, both on the side of good and evil. But you and Oswalt are absolutely correct. Good will always outnumber evil, and despite the attempts of terrorists to rip apart our nation, the exact opposite is always the case. We always come together, stronger than ever.