While we can’t and shouldn’t forget the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombing, here are a few things to remind us all that good always has a chance to shine, even in the worst of the darkness.
The comforting, caring Fred Rogers wasn’t just a TV personality. He was also a wise man who always knew how to comfort everyone around him. He isn’t with us anymore, but his words still count:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
Baseball rivalry? What baseball rivalry?
Humanity in the face of horror transcends even the strongest of rivalries. And it’s good to know that baseball can sometimes make us laugh. This image was shone onto the wall of the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday evening:
The serious nature of this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is only made more meaningful by the loving baseball joke that follows.
Sometimes the people who fall get up again
Video and photos from the time of the explosions showed a runner falling to the ground as the blast came his way.
What we didn’t see is what happened next.
“Somebody came by with a wheelchair but I said, ‘I’m fine.’ I wanted to finish,” the runner, Bill Iffrig, said to the Seattle Times. “First thing (when) I got up, I said, ‘There’s the line up there, I can get that far.'”
Not only did the 78-year-old man from Lake Stevens, WA finish the race, but he also placed second overall in his division. Oh, and he walked half a mile to get back to his hotel afterwards.
It’s always an achievement to finish a marathon. The explosions that marked the 2013 Boston Marathon made finishing even more moving. But several runners just kept going after that.
A tweet from NBC Sports News showed just how far some people were willing to go in order to help others:
“Reports of Marathon Runners that crossed finish line and continued to run to Mass General Hospital to give blood to victims #PrayforBoston”
You don’t necessarily expect the most moving sentiment after a tragedy to come from a comedian and an actor. Maybe we should. Patton Oswalt posted a note about the need to remember the inherent good of the world whenever we face evil. The post ended with something of a call to action:
“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.'”
Love doesn’t stop for terror
You can’t let the horrors that sometimes invade our lives stop life. Robert Watling and Kelli Johnston, two marathon runners, may know this better than anyone. Three hours after the explosions, the couple went through with their planned wedding in the Boston Common.
It probably wasn’t the day they expected, but it was still theirs.