A progressive, scholarly, tenacious, proud, vibrant city remains in total shock. The horrible events that occurred during and after Boston’s 117th Marathon left me fighting with the idea of selfishness.
Many have described the Boston Marathon bombings as thoughtless and senseless; that is not true. Plotting any kind of boorish attack requires effort, strategy, and a whole lot of selfishness. In one instant, lives are altered. Lives are permanently altered. A number of survivors have to start from the beginning. They need to relearn to walk, run, live without a loved one and trust. There have been and still are a number of FBI investigations, the city was on a lock down–suspended mass transit, no cars, school, work, or peace of mind. Increasing hatred towards religious groups, for what? All this pandemonium and for what?
Drawing parallels, I, along with every breathing individual, is forced to tolerate misandries on a regular basis. Dealing with such, I ask those older than myself has this always been the case? Have people always been horrible? One dancer who was two during the Second World War said yes. Human nature is questionable and discouraging by default. Instead of spending my time trying to rationalize hurtful people and their actions, all I can do is attempt to spread goodness.
While on the edge of despair, Bostonians and their supports have come together. As Mayor Menino said, “We are one Boston. We are one community. As always, we will come together to help those most in need. And in the end, we will all be better for it.”
Amidst the apprehension and tragedy beauty prevails. Designers on Etsy are making clothes and jewelry and donating at least 50% of the proceeds to Boston Marathon recovery efforts. Last week Insomnia Cookies contributed 10% of each sale to survivors and their families. All the way in Huntsville, Alabama, down in Clarsksville Tennessee at Austin Peay State University, and in Brooklyn, New York many organized and attended peace vigils. The outpouring support personifies the Boston Globe.
If you can not contribute monetarily to the Boston Marathon through The One Fund, you can pass along the overall message. Be kind to your neighbors, co-workers, classmates, fellow commuters, and whomever. Be kind. It requires much less effort. Let us not forget to be kind and pass it along. One song that keeps me motivated is People by Awolnation and I suggest you hear it, too!
About CoCoa Alexis
CoCoa’s favorite past-times include couponing, exploring new foods in the kitchen, and learning music video dance routines. She is a Boston native practicing sketch and improvisation in NYC.