I was a late comer to the news about the bombings in Boston the other day. In fact I didn’t know a thing about it until Kessabug texted me Bombing at the Boston marathon right at 3:55 p.m. I had no idea what that even meant, so I Googled the above phrase on my phone and read about what had happened. It was heart breaking – disappointing. I went back to work and let my mind drift to the mundane for a few more minutes.
After work I got online and decided I should make a statement on the Missouri Jaycees Facebook Group page. I’m this years State Chaplain and figured something like this fell into my duties for the year. I texted the Missouri Jaycees President what I had planned on posting and asked if it was alright. I was given the go ahead a few minutes later – this is what I put up…
I’m not trying to pat my own back or anything…I just wanted you to see where my head was, at this moment in time. Maybe you can then understand some of my further disappointment upon seeing what others had decided to post in connection to these bombings.
At this point in time we are still unsure who is responsible for what has happened…but so many assume, and say such things as “I’m tired of foreigners coming over her and bombing our country!” Maybe they are “foreigners”…but maybe they aren’t. Lets be sure before we start pointing a finger, and planning our vengeance.
Others are using this as an opportunity to argue against gun control. I’m sorry, but that seems incredibly insensitive to me. Are these two things related? Sure…you don’t need guns to kill people. Okay. How would having a gun have prevented these people from getting hurt? It seems off topic, and besides the point. (I’m not arguing for or against gun control here….just that I don’t think this should be used as an argument.)
Now, I did see many uplifting comments and posts…one of which that I agreed with. It went something like “Media…please don’t glorify who ever did this. Don’t make them famous for being the so-and-so who did the biggest such-and-such.”
…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
Thank you Jen and Tonic for sharing the above quote. (I think it went viral just because of you ;))