It’s so easy, when terrible things happen, to feel hopeless. It’s so easy to think that humanity has gone down the shitter. To think that things will never be ok.
In the face of the ridiculous and senseless bombing at the Boston Marathon, a note from comedian Patton Oswalt has been making the rounds on Facebook. In it he makes the most simple and beautiful observation:
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.”
Bad shit keeps going down… or so it seems. In these moments, we become a bit more vulnerable and close ourselves off just a little more. But something wonderful happened with Boston. It seemed that before fingers started pointing and conspiracy theories started flying, we were hearing about people who helped. People who ran towards the chaos and the screams. People opening their homes to those in need. People going straight from the finish line to go donate blood. People who embodied Oswalt’s thesis.
I’ve often said that there are times where I feel very hopeless in this world. I walk around and see the disenfranchised, the greedy, the evil, the broken… and I wonder what the point is. But every time I feel this way, I’ll see someone stopping to help another person who has fallen, or even someone chase another person down to return a dropped glove… and I see a tiny, shimmering bit of hope. I’m reminded of the good in people and that there IS more good than bad out there.
Boston has been a perfect example of this… instantly standing strong and not allowing the fear or despair to take over. The world is truly remarkable… there is beauty and resilience everywhere… the key is to take Oswalt’s words to heart.
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