I know I recently featured Glossary in a Tuesday Tunes post, but after the incident at the Boston Marathon yesterday (and the anniversaries of the Virginia Tech and Columbine shootings this week), this song has been prominently on my heart.
There are voices in the wind
We shall sing with them again
So march on, march on dear friends
When trouble comes around
Like it surely will
Remember you were happy once
And you can be happy still
Far beyond the sunset rim
In the twilight deep and dim
Where the darkness never goes
But we shall be in droves
Ain’t nobody coming back
This way again
When trouble comes around
Don’t you be afraid
This world can take your life
But it can’t take the love you’ve shown away
In times of tragedy, which seem to be occurring much too often these days, it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the horrific details and images that come across our screens. We can become overwhelmed with sadness, anger, and fear.
However, we should be focusing on the encouraging fact that the number of people who rush to help outweigh those attempting to cause hurt. The firemen and women, police, EMTs, military and other good samaritans whose first response wasn’t to run to safety or take care of themselves, but to run towards those needing help. The participants of the Boston Marathon who went directly from the race course to hospitals in order to donate blood to those who might need it. The thoughts and prayers lifted up across the world, not just for those who were injured and their families, but for the entire Boston and running communities.
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.” To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world. ― Fred Rogers
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. 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