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Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon



Most of my articles are social commentary on relationships, but today's article is about humanity. This one is in regards to, the tragic events that are happening in Boston right now and all the devastation that has occurred. This is the War side!

I am heartbroken by the events that took place in Boston these last few hours. The tragedies that occurred today
truly sickens me! People are already pointing blame and rightfully so. When your country has been taking blow by blow, we want answers. Some will blame Islamics, the government, God, guns, even the federal reserve. For me it just makes the Hobbesian philosophy that, man is evil by nature, ring true. Whoever did this for whatever reason was truly wicked.

You have to be truly evil to cause this type of damage. I mean the lives that are lost, the people that suffered life altering injuries. The victims will have to deal with this trauma for the rest of those lives, the mental and physical anguish. The cost to repair a beautiful city.

This was not something foreseeable to the extent that it happened. It's sad that our country cannot enjoy an event without people fearing for their lives the whole time. I do not feel any extra precautions could have been taken. This is was planned for months and executed with great precision. Based off the fact the next bomb went off at JFK Library, these people wanted to cripple our nation.

The Boston Marathon has been a staple event for 116 years. People from all over the world come to take place in this amazing event. Whether it is for glory or just for the love of running this race has a special place in America's heart. The race also helps the economy of Boston and Massachusetts. The hotels are filled with guest, the restaurants, stores, and attractions get an even greater amount of patronage. In 2011, Baa.org estimated that, $133.2 million dollars would be injected into Boston's economy due to the Marathon. This shows me that who ever did this wanted to destroy the city inside and out. I do not believe this was the job of someone who just wanted to make a name for themselves.

I don't know what to think, but all I can do is pray and hug my loved ones a little tighter. We never know when our last day is. I just don't want to have to live in fear all the time. I really don't but what choice do I have. I rush to kiss my daughter goodbye every morning because I do not know if someone will shoot up or bomb her school. I worry about family when they get on a plane. We don't even let them leave without making sure we say a prayer. I cannot truly enjoy a concert or major sporting event without looking over my shoulder for someone suspicious. I worry at the movie theater when I should be able to enjoy the latest action movie. I am worried that when my teenage siblings are out, they may get shot, for playing their music a little too loud in the parking lot. I worry that my little boy may be walking down the street, on a cold day wearing a hoodie and some nut job will shoot him.

This incidents makes me feel paranoid but in a justified way! I am going to leave off with a quote from the 1976 movie "The Network," because it truly embodies what I feel at this moment:

"I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work, or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild, and there’s nobody anywhere who knows what to do and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. We sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. They’re crazy.

It’s like everything, everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house, and the world we live in is getting smaller. All we say is “Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.” Well, I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don”t want you to write to your congressman, because I don’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression, the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad! You’ve gotta say “I’m a human being, goddammit! My life has value!” So… I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it and stick your head out and yell “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more!”

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