By THOMAS MAKLED, Guest Columnist
Terrible things happen all over the world, every day. Crimes are committed, people die unjustly, punishments go unserved. But often, we don’t notice. They aren’t “issue” enough to surface in the media, and understandably so. There’s a lot of news to cover.
Nonetheless, part of the reason injustice and suffering goes unheard is because it often occurs in places where “those things just happen.” I know many probably haven’t ever said that out loud, but chances are the thought has entered your mind. It doesn’t have to be intentional. It’s a thought that has crossed my mind, even though I don’t agree with it. Regardless of how we see them, daily tragedies happen in distant worlds, and while they may concern us on the surface, they really don’t affect us. But they should.
If we are truly compassionate beings, they should. No one person can solve the world’s ills, and none of us can be expected to bear it’s bad parts fully, but we cannot let ourselves become desensitized. We need to actively try to stop measuring tragedies, whether we mean to or not. We must recognize that every tragedy is horrible in its own way. There is no comparing. There is only fear, grief, and sadness.
Yesterday, three people died and hundreds more were injured by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line. Three people who didn’t deserve to die, hundreds more who don’t deserve to suffer. Their pain is unjust. Their suffering is unimaginable. This is the price they pay for living in a chaotic world.
If there is anything we can learn from the pain and sadness felt in the nearness of this attack, it is that people feel this way all over the world when these things happen in their communities, to their families. The feel the same despair. They feel the same sense of helplessness.
There is no comparison, only the reality that pain felt in Boston, just like the pain felt across the world, is real. Don’t be ashamed to let it affect you. God be with the people of Boston, and God be with those suffering all around the world.