Perspectives: the Boston Response

Ryan Bye

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.” – Love Actually

After Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon I began to see so many responses, emotions, debates, conversations, pictures, and many other forms of reaction to the events that were unfolding. What I saw and heard a lot of was about people’s response might be inappropriate, a lot about how social media was misreporting and allowing people to inappropriately respond, and how our current society has it set up so we are desensitized to these things.

However, I disagree. When things of this magnitude happen, especially in our country, we as a society try to make sense. Make sense of something senseless. I don’t/can’t believe that we are so wholeheartedly desensitized to acts of violence. Mostly, because of the huge responses of kindness, hope, and love the world witnessed in Boston on Monday. Google along with thousands of people stepped up and served as a beacon of hope and offered their homes, tea, and a resemblance of solace through their genuine human care.

So yes, did some people over share on social media or maybe they inappropriately used it during the events? Yes, they probably did, and probably always will. I think what is important to remember is this is the first time in history that we are truly able to receive news (good or bad) in an instantaneous manner. Yet, instead of looking at these people negatively – I choose to look at it as an act of compassion, an expression that they care.

Because when it comes down to it, love actually is all around, and it is up to us to spread that love.

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