Today was a sad and frighting day in Boston. At times like these, I despair that I've brought children into a world which is in decline. Not only environmentally, but socially as well. I fear for education, literature, availability of accurate information, freedom of speech, an environment in which they can thrive and their right to safety. When flipping through TV channels, I'm reminded of the parlor walls in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Characters who display extreme emotion, speak loudly, act wildly, yet have nothing at all to say. They distract us from the endless wars being fought far away, sheltering us from the frighting realization that we are not an invincible society until destruction comes to bang down our door. Today, North Americans had another taste of the fragile, fear laced life millions of men, women and children live with every day.
I don't know why humans are their own worst enemies, but no one is immune from the worst of us. However, it is endlessly comforting and hopeful to see the best of us leaping forward, putting themselves in harms way, acting against their animal nature of self preservation. Heroic, selfless people represent the best of us and hold us all up to a new standard. In times when evil deeds make the world go dark, good deeds shine the brightest. Look to them, and don't forget the good in us all. In it remains hope for the future.