Yesterday, I was shocked to turn on the news once I got home. I know plenty of people were. For something that gives us such pride and shows us so much dedication, it makes it even harder to see the tragedy that happened yesterday. I don't know how many of you follow Kidd Kraddick on the radio but he shared a comment posted by Patton Oswalt that I wanted to share:
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."
Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves that there is still good people out there and the world is not all bad. I feel like Oswalt pretty much sums it up.
As a side hobby, I make tshirts and tank tops usually for friends and local businesses..
Like this one I made for a race a month or so ago:
I was planning on making a shirt for this weekend and wanted to definitely put a mention of Boston.... I want to run in honor of the victims and their families. This got me thinking..what if I made shirts? Would ya'll buy them? I would love to do this so that runners all over could "Run for Boston" and I would love to raise some money and donate some to a reputable charity that would help these individuals. Please let me know what you guys think about this! I will try to come up with a design soon.