Yesterday two bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing several people and injuring many others. In the aftermath, I've heard laments about how such acts of terrorism show that our country has degraded. I disagree.
It is a place where -- just seconds after explosions ripped through the crowd -- police, volunteers, photographers, runners, spectators, race officials, and national guard soldiers rushed in to help the injured, tossing barricades and debris out of the way to provide first aid and comfort to those in need. It is a place where people opened their homes and businesses to stranded, shell shocked runners. It is a place where exhausted people who had just run 26.2 miles realized a need and ran to a hospital to donate blood.
We should not let ourselves be defined by the terrible acts of a deranged few, certainly not against the contrast of far more numerous acts of heroism both large and small shown by the many who responded with immediate compassion and selflessness.