No matter how much my logical brain knows it to be true, it's a massive effort to remind myself that there's far more good than bad in this world. The sheer number of people who ran towards the explosion to help is proof of that......heroic everyday Americans rushing to the aid of their fellow man. Because they care.
While the loss of life has thankfully remained at an unbelievable 3, it's really no less devastating than hundreds or thousands losing their lives. The 170+ injured remain in our prayers for a speedy physical recovery, and thanks to the first responders, that remains a distinct possibility. Boston, the State of Mass. and the Federal Gov't should be proud of the organized, efficient and positive manner they carried out such a monumental task, as it truly was impressive. Their rapid response was well planned, and executed to perfection. Watching it unfold I couldn't help think about the other countries in the world where in the same scenario, many of those injured would have simply died due to lack of proper and timely medical care. And then I cried again, knowing the truth in my thought.
We are very blessed to have been born in this part of the World; although it's likely the double edged sword responsible for overwhelming disbelief and the misery that's trying to engulf my thought process. For all the horrors we have dealt with, the bombing of public places has not been part of the criminal element here. There are countries who have had to deal with it for decades, burying countless loved ones, grieving and moving forward, only to have it happen again. But what does that do to one's psyche? I certainly understand inner strength, and the resolve to continue on despite the terror being inflicted upon you, but fear is extremely powerful. Fear changes people. The emotional aftermath of this could be far more destructive than the bombing itself for numerous Americans.
None of us will ever forget the abomination of 9-11.....it's forever ingrained in our minds; for the sheer horror of the act itself, the victims & their families, and the loss of our innocence. The Twin Towers were an American symbol of wealth and abundance.......one of many possible US targets for the whack-o's that hate us. And while we will always remember what happened, our resilience has allowed us to return to daily life, in what is now the 'new normal'. Dealing with the nightmare of flying since 9-11, extra security measures in places where we previously enjoyed complete freedom, and other changes brought about by that act of terrorism have all been accepted (however begrudgingly) for our 'safety'. These precautions have calmed many Americans into believing we are relatively safe, but personally, nothing that's been done makes me feel any safer. I don't believe there will be a duplication of 9-11, but instead the terrorists will have a completely new horror in store for us next time. I think they laugh at us scurrying about, attempting to prevent the success of a repeat they have no intention of exacting.
So why does Boston feel different? Worse even? Certainly the loss of life doesn't even compare to September 11th. The amount of destruction doesn't compare either. I can't help but feel that somehow, this attack, regardless of who carried it out, has scarred us far deeper. A scar that may not ever heal. The Boston Marathon was a harmless public event.....a family tradition for many, a proud accomplishment for others. There was no ostentatious display of wealth, no heads of state, no 'reason' for this attack. There was nothing that could be defined as a target......which defies the twisted logic many of us had used in an attempt to reconcile the pure hate of 9-11. No, this was just you and me, enjoying another beautiful day and an America tradition. And now, no matter how hard we try, going anywhere there are people gathered will carry apprehension and fear. Getting excited about an event will be overshadowed by caution, being near strangers will cause anxiety, and kindness will morph into suspicion.......all as we go about our normal activities. These emotions and more, usually reserved for travelling, visiting high profile locations, or in the presence of potential targets, will now be a permanent fixture in the thought process of our day to day lives. There is no twisted logic to rely on.......no rationale....however, the author of this Scientific America article disagrees with me. I hope he is right.
Now, as we are still reeling from the devastation of Boston, news of 3 separate Ricin laced letters has been reported. The President and two Senators. How interesting to read on wim that the MSM has contacted JM to get his 'take' on this. The same MSM that refused to even print the story when John was trying to first inform us. Hmmmmmm. We all remember the anthrax letters after 9-11, and this could be a copy cat kind of crime. It could also be something more.......but the inactivity and lack of concern for John's information (posted 1/3/13) leaves us all wondering. They have arrested one Kenneth Curtis in Tupelo, MS who is believed to be the originator of the letters, and hopefully, evidence and any statement from him will clarify the situation (not that I expect 'them' to be forthcoming or truthful with any information they gather).
How many have been killed all over the world since Monday? How many bombs or other atrocities have been inflicted upon humans by humans? How many grieving families are crying their own pools of tears? Why has the world gone mad? What makes some people capable, willing, obsessed even, with arbitrary murder and mayhem, and it's (desired) outcome of carnage and devastation? It's clear I have an immense amount of angst, combined with a limitless supply of questions........
Many times I have asked for comments from the people of the 52+ countries visiting us, and now, more than ever hope you speak out. By my rough estimate, at least 50% of our visitors live in countries who have had to deal with bombs in the past.....some far too regularly. Does it change you or the way you go about your normal daily routine? Is it just certain things that make you more cautious or does the fear stay with you regardless of what you're doing? Perhaps my apprehensiveness is futile, and serves as nothing more than a catalyst for the fear inside.......or maybe that uncertainty helps keep people alive when surrounded by this particular madness. Your insights and experiences are not only welcomed, they are coveted....... what you share would be beneficial........and possibly crucial. Thank you.
Just over 4 days.....102 hours..........AMAZING
A shit load of law enforcement + one very lucky citizen = Best possible conclusion.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
One bomber is dead, another hospitalized in critical condition. Citizen is unharmed.
That's all for now.