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GUEST COMMENTARY: Human kindness triumphs in tragedy

Friday, April 19, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

The Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious athletic events in our nation. Runners from around the world train for days, months, and years, just for a chance to qualify to be one of the many who will dash through its lengthy, historic route. It's a celebration of health, activism, and life.

So what do we do when people try to forsake these events and change them into symbols of fear and grief? The bombings of the Boston Marathon were shocking, terrifying, and heartbreaking. A representation of the beauty of life has been crumbled and bloodied for many who may stay scared by this tragedy forever. There are runners who may never grace their beloved trails again, whether because of injury or fear. There are people who may never go out to support again. There are people who may never feel safe on the streets of Boston or any city for that matter. Fear transcends places, people, and things. Once it happens, you can envision almost anywhere.

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However, Americans prove to be strong through thick and thin. We are no strangers to this feeling of horrific catastrophe. In each moment of destruction comes uncountable moments of hope. Though we may be forever terrified and disgusted by the events that so unfortunately presented themselves this past Monday, we are fortunate enough to know that out of these bad things, the good are shown. We have seen the generosity of our fellow people, running towards the scene of the explosion to help the fallen, offering up housing along the streets for those unable to find loved ones or make it home, and those outside of Boston who have shown their undying love and support with tweets, pictures, care packages and the like. Even the media has worked to help provide others with the comfort of information of runners’ whereabouts and their health conditions. Through the many harrowing tragedies America has faced, its people have learned to stick together in any way possible.

It's sad that we have the experience to rely on when handling such tragedies. No one should have to have lived through so many acts of reckless violence and hate. Though we live in a world of flaws, may we hope that there will be a day when the ideas of using such acts to get what we want and to prove points will be surpassed and forgotten.

Natalie Maggiore, from Chicago, is a junior studying magazine writing at the Missouri School of Journalism.


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