April 16, 2013

On Boston

It's early in the post-event, and time will out the truth.

Speculation and SWAGs fill the news, nobody really knows much of anything yet.

We don't know who did it.  We don't know why it was done.  We don't know how it was done.

And until such time that we DO know these things, I will not speculate.

Instead, I stand in humble awe of the bravery and efforts shown by all they that responded.

The cops, firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, Doctors, Nurses, and even regular folks who didn't have to help, but did anyway.

These people deserve our respect and admiration.

They have mine.


Mule Breath said...

You follow my FB feed so you know how I feel, and you've listened to me rant over the years about how tired the word "hero" has become. Kudos for not abusing that lame descriptor in this message.

To some degree I suppose using "bravery" to describe the actions of those who pushed against the fleeing tide to bring aid and comfort to the injured is true. We know about the secondary explosion tactic, and these folks did take that risk.

But is it really bravery that underlies the action, or is it simply basic humanism. A selfless, caring human almost always will place personal safety second to answering the distressed cries of the injured. In that respect we are not too far different form other herd mammals.

Jeff B said...

I remember seeing a quote or saying about how bravery isn't the absence of fear, but accepting fear and doing it anyway.

In that, I suppose bravery is an apt description. There were, from the video I've seen, a lot of people running away. So I don't know if it's basic humanism to compel one to go to danger to help. Maybe, but if that's true, then there are a lot of folks who lack such basic humanity.

More's the pity if that's the case.

Mule Breath said...

Fear can overrule most anything, and our culture, with its religion and its politics, has worked real hard to instill fear of just about everything in the minds of the great unwashed. We've been very successful at the endeavor.

Still there are those more immune to the fear than others. The human instinct to protect, shelter and care for our own kind will rise above the fear in these individuals.

Many of the others will run and hide. Still others will stoke the fires of chauvinism. But so long as there are a few humans who have not let the fear trample their humanity into the dirt I will remain hopeful.

I am reminded of a quote by one of our modern philosophers:

“The sky calls to us. If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.”

― Carl Sagan