A young relative of two Boston Marathon bombing victims nearly brought me to tears when I heard her interviewed on the BCC World Service the other day.
Mature, kind, composed and grateful just begins to sum up her comportment.
She said that her sisters, one of whom lost both legs and the other riddled with shrapnel were doing fine. The one lit up when the man who helped her after the explosion visited her at the hospital she was in. The victim now considers this person – a previous stranger – one of the family for life.
Several other people who came to their aid asked not to be identified. They were not seeking publicity or praise.
And so the stories go – the good ones, the ones about random acts of kindness, bravery and compassion right in the middle of this premeditated act of terror.
Terrorist attacks and senseless killings rightly bring the focus to evil people in a world that makes us feel in peril.
But goodness is already superseding evil.
Healing begins when we focus on how good people can be without being asked when they are needed.
It is a triumph of hope over fear.
Good over evil.
Fred Rogers who played Mister Rogers on the PBS children’s show Mister Roger’s Neighborhood had just the right thought:
“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’”.
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