Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pulling Together...


“Either we’re pulling together or we’re pulling apart” ~Anonymous
Boston experienced a tragedy Monday, as two bombs shattered a beautiful afternoon. Lives were lost, and the lives of many of those that survived were altered forever. However, the human spirit truly shines through during times like these. I have been inspired by the stories of people pulling together in the bomb’s aftermath.

Some of the runners in the marathon kept running…all the way to Massachusetts General Hospital so they could donate blood. In fact, there were so many donors that Mass General and the Red Cross put out a statement late Monday night that they now have enough blood to meet demand thanks to those donors.

How freaking awesome is that??
Strangers were helping strangers. One person was caught on camera ripping off their belt to make a tourniquet for one of the wounded before turning to assist other victims. Other people opened their homes to those who were stranded. First Responders rushed into the chaos while everyone else was rushing out.

People rise to the occasion. Every. Single. Time.
THAT is why I will never lose faith in humanity…

154 comments:

  1. No matter how evil the act, the good in people always surfaces.
    Very cool that more than enough blood was donated.

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  2. We just need to continue these acts of kindness...every. single. day.

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  3. Those who stoop to do evil only serve to show up those who do good. The light shines brightest in the darkness.

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  4. So true. We need to look evil in the eye and say: We, the good, outnumber you. Every single time.

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  5. In the bigger picture, only three people were killed. Many innocent lives are lost daily, in the US and around the world. That is the logic, but it is not about logic. It's about being an iconic event being struck. People stepped up to the plate and helped and that is a wonderful thing.

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  6. Strangers helping strangers..that's the way it should always be.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

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  7. Yes, wonderful -- faith, hope, and love will endure!

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  8. That is the spirit of Boston and the true spirit of America.

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  9. The good of the majority of people in this world has never been doubted by myself. Good will always win. B

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  10. It seems it takes a tragedy to bring this out in people but can I just say I am partial to 'runners' anyway, and yes, it makes my heart fill full knowing that we do pull together in time of need. It's a beautiful thing!

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  11. Amen! Amen! AMEN!!!!!!!!!

    I remember reading an article in People after 9/11 about a doctor from Saudi Arabia that was on the scene when the first plane hit ... his training and his background compelled him to help ... sadly not to many people wanted it from him ... that makes me wonder why even in times of fear and despair, why are we turning away from help just because of where they are from?

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  12. So very true. I think in most people are willing to make sacrifices to help others. I does give hope in times like these.

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  13. There are always more good than bad. Great thing they all did.

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  14. Such instances make us believe in the 'humanity' and at the same time doubt the same...why doesn't it belong to those who don't even qualify to be called human too...such develish and horrifying acts make me question the humanity at the same time...God knows why a'nt they affraid of doing such acts :/

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  15. People will always rise up and overcome any challenge. On the whole, people are good - but there are sadly a few who want to spoil the party.

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  16. Where there is evil, there is always good. Sometimes, though, we have to look a little harder for it, but it's there.

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  17. I read this mr rogers quote yesterday: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

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    1. Really intelligent and insightful on your mom's part.

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  18. I so agree with you Keith. We are one country and we are united. God Bless those who stayed to help and those who ran to give blood!

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  19. I agree! Thinking of and praying for the city of Boston and all those involved.

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  20. Such acts make the lives worth living.
    Praying that Boston soon resumes its state.

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  21. You see this time and time again. I grew up in Florida, and after each hurricane we'd see our neighbors and check to see who needed power or water, then share what we had. There's a lot more good in the world than bad.

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  22. We in India have a few more such attacks than you guys, and yes, the reaction of the people, both at the time and later makes you feel surprised and elated about the human spirit.

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  23. So true Keith. If each loving deed, word, or thought were a candle they would soon rival the stars in number and beauty.

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  24. What a waste of life to become a victim. I predicted this the day before. No kidding.

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  25. There's lot of good people willing to help other in times of needs. Hope it will continue the goodness and world peace..:)

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  26. Mr Rogers had a terrific way of seeing this - as you do too, Keith - about looking for the helpers. The people who run towards the disaster, offering help and comfort. In the mathematical scheme of things, THOSE people number so many more.

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  27. That is truly great :-). Restores my faith in humanity.

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  28. Thank heavens that goodness prevails - putting other people first is a hard thing to do - but they still did it - regardless of their own safety.

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  29. there was a lot of good people that awful day <3

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  30. These awful moments have a way of making us feel all is lost. We just have to look at all the support, help and heroes that show up after each tragedy to restore our faith in humanity.

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  31. Bombs set off in that way count on people running towards instead of away - one of these days people aren't...

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  32. How true this is. I just posted a similar story. We can't forget the heroes in all of this.

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  33. People can truly surprise and there is a lot of good around, something the awful crap will never take.

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  34. During such bad times, Humanity brings out the best in every single person...

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  35. Through the dreadfulness those peeps stick together.
    The strength of that community and the caring and fight they have.
    Touching and remarkable.

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  36. My heart goes out to the victims.
    At least, there are still good people in the world.
    Take care*

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  37. Amen. Good will prevail. I have no doubt.

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  38. I am inspired by them. Their help brings bright light to the shadow.

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  39. I noticed many people helping too. I did not know about the blood donations, that is awesome and then some.

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  40. Helping is the right thing to do. Made me proud of those folks too.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  41. I think we learn great lessons in times like this.

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  42. it really is awesome. and i think its so awesome that you always point out the good in every situation. thank you for sharing this, it means a lot to a girl whose city is boston.

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  43. I don't know if you are a Patton Oswalt, but he had a really good fb post about how good always outnumbers evil, and it is so true! https://www.facebook.com/#!/pattonoswalt?fref=ts
    Such a sad situation though.

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  44. Mr. Rogers said it best: "Look for the helpers."
    Thank goodness for them.

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  45. Thankfully, my in-laws in Boston are safe.
    It is indeed wonderful that so many came to rescue the fallen.

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  46. The end of your post made me tear up, kindred. Keep being you!

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  47. Thank you for this post, Keith. I agree with you. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. I hope the ones who caused this atrocity will be brought to justice.

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  48. We need to remember these moments of kindness because sometimes we are just overwhelmed with the WHY? A lovely post Keith ~

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  49. In the chaos of such a great tragedy, it's encouraging and inspiring to see people unit with such resourcefulness and selflessness.

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  50. This is indeed a horrific happening, and we have far too many of them. I think there are events in our lives that we will never forget. Of course for many of us 9-11 and the Newtown tragedies will be among them as well. People coming to the aid of other people, thank God for that.

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  51. Thanks Keith, for reminding us of such kindness under fire. Pass it along, do something kind for someone else today, even if it's just stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, call a lonely friend, make it grow!

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  52. Thanks for the reminder of the basic goodness in most people Keith and how people do reach out to help, in times like these, often above and beyond.

    An uplifting post during a sad, tragic week.

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  53. Good will overcome evil. That pic is one of my favorite images of the tragedy. Such a tender heart for a big beast of a football player.

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  54. I'm hoping we find those responsible

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  55. I agree. There are still good people in this world.

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  56. I guess it only shows that our nature is good and to help each other...
    I hope the bombers will get caught.

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  57. My son studied in Boston. Every time he comes home from Hawaii he is sure to meet up with his friends from Boston. He is devastated as he is so far away. Boston is an educational town, full of hopeful students. I don't understand why people do something like that.
    Yes, New York and Connecticut have both pulled through and Boston will be too as people are always coming to give a shoulder and a hand.

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  58. Thank you for this reminder. Some days it's much more needed than others. I need it today.

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  59. It's true, these awful events do bring out true humanity in others.

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  60. wonderful inspiring post that brings tears to my eyes. Thank you.

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  61. I had not heard about the blood donors. Wow, that was special. Just when one might get cynical about where the human race is headed, stories of instant caring and selfless pitching in during a disaster makes me so darn convinced we are OK. As others have said, we so outnumber them.

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  62. Is beautiful being able to see something good in a tragedy. I wish I had such faith in humanity.

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  63. The light does shine even when there's so much darkness in situations. I'm always encouraged by that and think it's so inspirational.

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  64. Faith in humanity is hard to hold on to when things like this happen... then the little stories start to trickle in and hope is reborn!

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  65. This post gave me chills...I love the part about running...all the way to give blood! Amazing stories will continue to come from this and heroes will rise to the top...my favorite part about such a horrible thing is this...a horrible thing can just never. ever. win. ever.

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  66. Strange how after destructive events the social animal that is the human being, always rises to the occasion. The vast majority of humans are inherently good

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  67. My thoughts here are that it is a shame that it takes a tragedy for everyone to do these things. I do not understand this kind of terrorism that does not consider children, they should NEVER be included in any of our differences.

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  68. humans are indeed at their best when times are at their worst. Thanks for this post.
    Have a safe and happy week.

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  69. Yes, to all you say. And well said, I might add.

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  70. What you said is very uplifting and makes me proud.
    Thanks,
    jean yates

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  71. You could not have said it all any more beautifully.

    I agree-in times like these , there is nothing more comforting than to look at all of the instances of heroism and love that shine brighter than any of the terror. God bless the people who lived, who helped, and who are still praying. And may God bless the people who set off the bombs-they need God the most.

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  72. A wonderful reminder that good still outweighs evil. I haven't lost all hope yet. May God bless and have mercy on those directly affected.

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  73. My faith in humanity is always restored when kindness and compassion spring forward in these moments.

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  74. I'm not sure they would have been allowed to donate, not after running a marathon.

    What amazed me are the nurses and physicians who had been in the race, raced to give aid. I've run that distance before. All you want to do is collapse and drink lots of fluid and have a foot massage. They are real heroes.

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  75. Hi Keith, a very powerful and beautiful post. It's amazing how we can see positive and beauty in such a tragic situation, and how people really care and help one another.

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  76. this hurts my heart...I am glad you wrote this still

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  77. Me too Keith, I never lose faith in humanity... I am truly grateful for that... it so wonderful how people have responded in the aftermath. ;)

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  78. Mr. Rogers said one that whenever he'd see bad things on the news, his Mother would tell him to look for the helpers. I've done that with my daughter as well. And now that she is older, I've told her to best that. To BE a helper. It takes so little time and it is so much better to be moving and working than drowning in fear and stress.

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  79. And thank God we outnumber them!

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  80. I've never met a runner that I didn't think was a good person. Something about pounding the pavement through all kinds of weather keeps the running world free of negative souls - I find anyway. What a scary situation that would have been! Luckily there was enough adrenaline going in that crowd that people were ready for action.

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  81. Keith,

    You have written a very accurate account of the events surrounding the dreadful scenes in Boston.
    I watched it on television in horror, as it transported me right back to my life, living in Northern Ireland, when these events were a daily happening. Too much violence, which destroys so much more than we see.
    Prayers for those involved, including strangers, helping strangers.

    Eileen

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  82. Love this post! It is wonderful to see how others pull together is hard times. Bravo to all those who gave God sent service to those in need.

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  83. They sure do. As awful as the terrorist someone is, there are many more who are amazing.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  84. There are way more helpers than bad people in this world. It's just that often times the bad apples seem to stay in our minds. It's good to think about the good ones.

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  85. The human spirit never ceases to amaze me in times of tragedy. Such an overwhelming feeling when everyone pulls together to help their fellow man.

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  86. I love hearing the stories of all of those who stepped up and helped others in need. So many amazing and wonderful people. Sometimes it is hard to see in the mist of something so horrible, but there are many wonderful and good people in the world. Thank you for highlighting this.

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  87. This was terrible, really terrible when I saw I cant believe and still Im in shock, today all the things happens around the world touched us and is hard:(
    A wonderful post Keith

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  88. I was amazed when I heard about the runners who finished and then kept running to the hospital to donate blood. Amazing!

    And it was also something that I needed to hear because these events can you make lose faith in humanity, so it's always good to hear about the good that people do in the aftermath so that some of that faith can be restored. :)

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  89. I watched in horror as the reports fed through to Australia, honestly hardly believing it. I watched the human spirit shine through, step up, themselves forgotten with the only thought being to help someone in need.

    Your post summed it up Keith and was beautifully penned, as always.

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  90. I hope we never lose faith in humanity. Empathy and love show we are build to be inherently good. What a wonderful thing.

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  91. I do have faith in the overall goodness of humanity. We see it every day and especially in times of tragedy. It is wonderful to see and takes away from some of the sorrow.

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  92. The potential of goodness exists within us all and oh that we could portray it on a day-to-day basis - every stranger is a potential friend.

    My thoughts are with the good people of Boston.

    Anna :o]

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  93. Only way to beat the mindless is to become more mindful - its the only answer.

    Cheers

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  94. Absolutely right! We've seen this time and time again, from the blitz onwards.

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  95. That’s indeed touching heart! No one could leave apart when a life fighting to survive... Yes, humanity rises whenever it lost in us!

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  96. That was so shocking. We saw it on TV shortly after it happened.
    It is truly amazing how people pull together when a tragedy like this happens...I remember well the London bombings.
    If only we could pull together at ALL times...without needing a dreadful incident like this to prompt us!

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  97. it was shocking but honest i was also shocked by the flood of people trying to help..was good to see

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  98. Humanity with all weaknesses,shows strength when needed, and it's good to know how the people of Boston did this.

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  99. "Majority + " people rise up to the occasion, indeed.

    It's the "1% or less" that cause all this terror. They consume everybody's time with saving people, repairing destroyed things, and bringing everyone back to normalcy.

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  100. I so agree with you, and we just can not give up kindness and humanitarism although it can be difficult. I was quiet touched by many of the stories as well

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  101. I like the focus of your post. Media draws so much attention to the negative that it's important to remember the people who do good in life and actually care about humanity.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  102. Yes as Susan above says - its how people are helping each other which is so heart warming

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  103. Absolutely! The good will always prevail over bad. It's unthinkable when tragedies like this occur, but it does give us a reminder that people are inherently good and will rally together to help out in times of need.

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  104. This post brought tears to my eyes, dear Keith.

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  105. Very well expressed, Keith. Evil may rear itself, but good will always surface. But oh what a senseless and horrific act!

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  106. The ability to see beauty and wonder arising from a horrible situation is so lovely, it leaves me with hope.

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  107. This is awesome! I'm going to share it on Twitter. :)

    P.S. I'm trying to promote random acts of kindness. This post would be perfect for it. If you have a chance, here's that link: http://www.ecwrites.blogspot.com/2013/04/random-acts-of-kindness-i-need-your-help.html

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  108. You write beautifully, Keith! That is the very same reason I will never lose faith either. People can do amazing things. We rise up out of the rubble that other people have created and we find strength we never even knew we had.

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  109. i so agree!!!! there is such beauty even in catastrophe because of the kindness and mercy we see around us. :)

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  110. So very glad that we see hope in the darkest hours!

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  111. Yes, so inspirational! :)))

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  112. Love the quote:) And love the way people come together to help one another.
    Thanks Keith!

    Madison

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  113. Fight hate with love...every second of every day. Be courteous in your car, give a buck to a begger no matter what you think he/she will spend it on, pick up someone else's trash. You never know when a demonstration of love will be witnessed by a hater and make them think about why you did that, and just maybe, change the way they think.

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  114. And through the horror of such atrocity, we still see that humanity in times of adversity, can pull together as one.

    In peace and hope,

    Gary

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  115. The human spirit amazes me, and makes me humble.

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  116. It's true. There are still so many more kind, loving people than there are cruel and evil people. :)

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  117. I say the same thing about 9/11. These tragedies truly bring our country together in the wake of the devastation. We are all going through life's struggles, and all we have is each other :)

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  118. That's the diverse nature of humanity ... while there are villains, there are heroes as well !!!

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  119. I agree, Keith. In the face of such ugliness, beauty and peace still shined through.

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  120. Agreed, we seem to pull together as a country when things like this happen. Any division seems to cease immediately. A very good reminder to keep faith in the face of something so tragic.

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  121. Thank you so much for posting those stories. When a tragedy like this happens, I have to find the good in it, dwelling on the pain and sadness just destroys me for days. I think it is so sad that some people use them as opportunities to blame the government, or point fingers, or make assumptions about certain races (I've seen them all) and would much rather focus on how much people tried to help.

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  122. Yes, when push comes to shove, we do what we have to do to help......and more.

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  123. It does restore your faith when you see such great acts of kindness and selflessness. That's what we have to remember - that the majority of people are this way inclined.

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  124. Wish we could all respond to each other when times were better as well. Speedy recovery to everyone who suffered and was injured.

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  125. It's such a tragedy what happened in Boston and I don't understand why some people do something like this. And I also don't understand the one who sent Obama a poisoned letter. I just ask: WHY???
    But luckily the most people are just caring of each other, helping. So many people donating blood is the proof that the good in people still exist. Love always takes over hate!!!

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  126. Yet again some folk found their time best, put into planing the deaths of others.

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  127. Unfortunately those bad folks get more publicity than the helpers of the world. God bless those good folks!

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  128. I was shocked at the news and I agree with Traveling Bells, sometimes the bad publicity is what is spread all over the world. I think focusing on the good and spreading that would make a WORLD of difference. Thanks for spreading the good of what people are doing to help each other.

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  129. Human nature is amazing and will always make it through the toughest of times! :) inspiring.

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  130. That was such a senseless tragedy. I really don't understand the nature of evil, how people can inflict pain onto others, such violence ... it's unspeakable.

    I do think we must do more to spread love and kindness in the world. Maybe we can teach by example. Maybe we need to speak up more against violence. Maybe we need better leadership.

    I don't have all the answers, but I just know that something must change. Thank you for this thoughtful post, Keith.

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  131. Yeah, the runners who kept running to donate blood are pretty badass.

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  133. It is amazing how tragedy does make people pull together,

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  134. When the comedian patton oswalt I think his name is said that the good outnumber the bad...he was right. It's so powerful that we all band together. So powerful to have that innate involuntary ability to help. It's a quality I hope America never loses =)

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  135. Look for the helpers. ~Fred Rogers

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  136. In trying to pull us apart, they smooshed us together in a kind of desperate hug.

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  137. :D I LOVE THIS!!! I have been wanting to write about this myself. Oh, to find the time to write more!!!! THANK YOU! :)

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