Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston [NOT a library-related post]

This is a library blog. I typically confine myself to library or library-related issues. And I will have one of those later this week or early next, on our migration to our new automation system and how that is working out.

But this is real life, and sometimes things happen in the world that just make you feel like you have to say SOMETHING. Yesterday's events in Boston are, for me anyway, one of those. I didn't know anyone running there in the Marathon, I have never visited Boston (much to my shame), and I don't know anyone directly impacted by yesterday's events. Except, of course, that they affect ALL of us in one way or another. Maybe it is a sense of felling a little less safe, or wondering who or what group is responsible for this and how far it will drive people to take actions that may or may not make us any safer in any real sense. Maybe it is just a need to try to remember that "the bad guys" are not a majority of the world's populace, no matter how many ways we seem to find (as human beings) to misunderstand each other and do things that cause other people pain and suffering. I saw a lot of news accounts last night, and some of "the usual suspects" pointing fingers at "the usual suspects".

And then, this morning, I saw this Facebook posting from Patton Oswalt [Wikipedia entry here, in case you have never heard of him], which said what I wanted to say so much better than I would have done. WARNING - it DOES contain an f-bomb, just one, right up front. So if you have sensitivities to the use of that word, then don't read any further.


Still with me? Then I am guessing that either your curiousity is piqued or that you aren't too fussed over a random f-bomb. So here is Patton Oswald's Facebook post from yesterday:

Patton Oswalt · 222,563 like this (as of this AM)

  • Boston. Fucking horrible.

    I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."

    But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

    But here's what I DO know. 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. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.

    But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

    So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

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