It is one of Sir Isaac Newton’s best known laws of motion: “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” But this law governs motion, not emotion, as was brought into evidence by the April 15thBoston Marathon bombing. What we witnessed in the wake of this egregious tragedy was an outpouring of love and care from bystanders, first responders, uniformed officers, medical personnel, race volunteers, celebrities and average citizens. The reaction to this horrific act was not equal to the terror its perpetrator wanted to instill. The opposite but UNEQUAL reaction was overwhelming. Multiple acts of kindness by people helping other people counteracted and exceeded the forces of evil to restore faith in humanity and our desire to care for one another.
Once again courageous people faced down their own fears and uncertainty to administer aid to others. This devastating event will go into the history books as another case where the human spirit overcame adversity and in the name of survival reached out to help those in need. The September 11th attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut shootings and all the other terroristic and violent crimes that have taken lives and scarred families were countered by good people acting on instinct to protect and defend mankind. While it may be in the nature of a few to torture, destroy or decimate the human race, I believe the reaction by the masses proves the majority of us want to love and nurture each other.
Tragic events such as this touch so many of us and make us feel vulnerable and afraid. But in each of these tragedies a hero or heroes seem to emerge from the crowd. We are all made of the same stuff, but it’s what is inside that distinguishes the victor from the victim. If we don’t let the bad guy win, if we stick together and support each other and lend a helping hand to the fallen or wounded, maybe someday, somehow we will all learn to get along. It is sad that sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring people together.
I doubt we will ever see the end of violence or terrorism amongst the human race. There is no logic or reasoning behind such acts. We can’t make sense of the senseless. But we can be grateful for ordinary people who step up to the plate to do extraordinary things. People, human beings from across the country and around the world came together in Boston to oppose and overcome malevolent forces. Without warning, without preparation, hundreds of people worked together to aid and assist so many in need. Let us all give thanks to the angels among us.