Finding hope in the Boston bombings

By Sarah Eckrich
Staff Writer

April 18, 2013

This Monday marked my return to civilization from the flu. I went to work, fought through my six-hour shift, and returned home—business as usual. At a glance, everything seemed normal.

The first few of my friends’ Facebook posts were about the usual mundane and otherwise not noteworthy news. I read about a dozen posts, checked my Tumblr, read a few emails, and made dinner.

A bit later, I found myself procrastinating in that practiced way of trolling Facebook aimlessly. My news feed was littered with people attacking the general human condition. Everyone was despicable, and everyone wanted to stop the world and get off. It wasn’t immediately clear why, and I initially dismissed it. But Tumblr was not so vague in its users’ attacks on humanity.

Tumblr informed me of the bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. I took to Google, like any concerned citizen. I read the articles, watched the videos, and sat in bed with my hand over my mouth when I found a photo of a man whose leg had been blown off.  I just stared, and I understood the new revival of homo sapien hatred.

But I didn’t relate to it. I still can’t. No matter what atrocities are carried out by man, I can’t lose all hope for the human race. For every bombing, shooting, rape, kidnapping, and all other forms of general evil and indecency, there are just as many people donating time and money, working towards good causes, and fighting negativity in their own everyday lives.

If evil was more prevalent than good, wouldn’t there be more cynics reacting to this very situation and less sentiments of prayers and thoughts for Boston? Though we’re still sickened by these atrocities, there’s still good people out there promoting Relay for Life and supporting blood drives.

Certainly the world is made up of good and evil. No one’s going to deny that. But you’d think we’re living in a Puritan society the way people take public offense and hold it so near and dear. I’m sorry to and for the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, but the rest of you need a good slap in the face.

Your Facebook posts capitalizing on tragedy are doing nothing for humankind. Likewise, one person or handful of people who manage to make news hurting others don’t represent the world.

Patton Oswalt put it best. In reaction to the aforemetioned virulent reactions to these bombings, he wrote, “If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out.”

If you want the world to be better, quit bitching and do something about it.

Sarah Eckrich is a sophomore majoring in English Writing with a minor in Environmental Studies. She can be contacted at


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