Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Comforting Words

One of the items making the rounds on social media yesterday in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings was a quote from the late Fred Rogers--of Mister Rogers Neighborhood.......

That quote really made me see the terrible footage of Monday's aftermath in a totally different way.  Instead of just seeing the pain and the death and the fear, by looking for the helpers you see the good in people and the hope for humanity as a whole.  Watch the police officers, the firefighters, the paramedics, the National Guard members and the the race volunteers running toward the scene of the blasts--while so many are running away.  They are not thinking about their own safety.  They are not worried about another bomb going off near them (a common ploy by terrorist bombers--set off a small device to draw people to the scene, and then detonate a much larger bomb to increase the death toll).  All they were thinking about was helping the people who were injured.

Another image making the rounds was that of former Packers lineman Joe Andruzzi carrying an injured woman away from the scene.........

That shouldn't be all that surprising, Andruzzi had three brothers who responded to the 9/11 attacks as New York City firemen. Helping others is obviously in his blood.

So out of this latest tragedy let us find something positive.  Because this attack was carried out perhaps one or two or a handful of people.  But there were hundreds and perhaps thousands who went to help.  And as long as the ratio is that high, there is still hope for all of us.

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