Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tragedy in Boston - The Helpers

On Monday afternoon, many in my office in DC followed the events unfold in Boston. We tuned in to news briefings and heard the early reports. Being in DC, there were rumblings of what this meant for us - were there attacks planned here? Watching 9/11 unfold on TV in high school was a wake-up call for me to tragedy in the real world, and the feeling I got then is the same now, whether I'm witnessing the aftermath of Boston, Aurora, or Newtown. But what many have already stated and what is going around the Internet in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy is "the helpers" who came to the aid of strangers. These are the good people, the ones who remind us that humans are inherently good, not evil. I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the heroes, or "the helpers," as Mr. Rogers put it: "Look for the helpers. You'll always find people who are helping."

Carlos Arredondo
The Man in the Cowboy Hat

Marathon Runners and Officials
Coming to the aid of the wounded

Police Officers

Carrying the injured to safety

List from Buzzfeed
If you look back through history, you can find where the goodness of humanity triumphs, even if their names do not last as long as those that perpetuate violence. Some heroes are well-known, such as Miep Gies or Oskar Schindler, who both saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. But most remain unnamed and unacknowledged. They just did what they thought was right. I think we all hope we would do the same.
More Heroes in the US and around the globe:

And many more.

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