There are some truly evil people in this world. People that make you suspicious of your neighbors, that make you doubt good deeds. People that can instill hate and fear inside of you. People, like the ones responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing today, that make you question whether humans are ultimately good or evil.
People that can make you “lose your faith in humanity.”
A video of the attack surfaced today showing the moment when the bomb detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The video captures the fiery explosion of one bomb and the thunderous boom of another. But it also captured something else.
Before the dust had settled from the explosion police officers and marathon runners were rushing to the scene to help those who were injured. No one knew at the moment what was going to happen next. No one knew if there would be another explosion. All they knew was that there were people who needed help and they rushed to help them.
Dozens of fire fighters and rescue workers carried wounded people away from danger. Hundreds of marathon runners lined up at the Red Cross’s emergency tent to donate blood. Thousands of people donated to the salvation army online and an uncountable amount of people called friends and family across the country to tell them that they loved them.
The Boston Marathon bombing was planned by one man, or one group, for reasons we don’t understand yet. But there is one thing that we know for sure. There are more of us than there are of them. By the thousands. By the millions.
There are more good people in this world than there are evil ones.
Thanks to generosity of volunteer blood donors there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet demand. #BostonMarathon
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) April 15, 2013
Sadly, this won’t be the last time that tragedy will strike. There will be more school shootings and more bombings and more unnecessary and deadly evil. But that isn’t a reason to lose faith in humanity.
Look at all of the people out there that are helping and realize that moments like this, moments of pure malice, should only strengthen the belief that there is more good in the world than evil. It can be hard to see, sure, but all you have to do is look for the helpers.
Mr. Rogers said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”