Letters to the Editor, April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013

Dear Editor,
I'd like to share with you my thoughts on Boston. The tragedy outlines many forgotten fundamental proofs. It doesn't matter how many laws you pass. Crime will happen. It doesn't matter how many protections you take. Harm can be done.
It doesn't matter how much safety procedures you have in place. Tragedy will find a way. You can use anything as your guardian shield. Law. Religion. Education. It doesn't matter. Atrocities WILL occur.
No one knows if this bombing was coordinated by a group, or a single man. Could it be Al-Qaeda? Or simply a person who was fired from Starbucks yesterday?
It doesn't matter. It will happen again.
Why was this done?
Was it a statement or portent for Religion?
Was it a statement or portent for Politics?
Was it a statement or portent for general hate?
It doesn't matter. It will happen again.
What's the solution? What's the answer?
Better education?
More religion?
Stricter laws?
It doesn't matter. It will happen again.
I am reminded of a quote I read, "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." — Plato
So what's the point in trying? What's the point in preventing? What’s the point in caring? The point, is the reaction. The success comes in the aftermath.
I think there are three keys:
How we react. How we proceed. How we remember.
We reacted beautifully, emergency forces were on scene, lives were saved, order was kept. Everything I have seen/heard has been a model of efficiency given the scenario. A wonderful job by the emergency personnel in Boston.
We have to proceed to investigate, proceed to analyze, proceed to seek justice. No jumping to conclusions, no assigning fault where there is none, no knee-jerk reactions.
How we remember is the key. When we find the person, will we remember him/her? Will we remember the reason why they did it? That's not the answer. The answer is to forget who did it. Forget their cause. Give them zero ground. Give them zero thought.
Remember the ones who lost their lives. Remember the first responders who saved lives. Remember the reason we were there in the first place.
We were there in a celebration of humanity. It was men and women, and the resources that they were born with. Men and women with only one goal, to move from one place to another in support of each other, in celebration of just being able to finish. Most weren't there to be the first one across the finish line. Most were there just to finish, to achieve a goal.
To say, "I ran the Boston Marathon."
What's your goal? What's your finish line? It doesn't have to be a marathon, it can be whatever you want it to be. Who are you going to let stop you from finishing your race?
Whatever your finish line may be, cross it. Pick up those that are racing toward their finish line and help them. There is no competition. There is no first place. There is only the goal. Let no one stop you, let no one hinder you, for any reason.
How we react. How we proceed. How we remember.
I remember those that decided to run for no other reason than to reach their goal.
Find your own Boston Marathon. Let no one stop you.
Reece McCain

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