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From Where I Sit: Tragedy, reflection and resilience surround Boston Marathon bombing

By: Tom Rupp, Special to the Telegraph
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Last week was quite the emotional roller coaster for all Americans, even those who did not physically suffer the effects of what in my eyes at least is nothing less than someone else’s moral stupidity.

I see all that has happened and I shudder at what C.S. Lewis called “the inner cesspool” that is the human heart, generally speaking. Some of our kind (that is, humanity) have proven themselves capable of deeds that most of us would probably never consider, much less commit.

The fact someone can resort to such acts and perhaps feel justified in doing so is beyond my comprehension. To seek for understanding as to the motivations of such behavior is inappropriate right now. Maybe later.

I watch the television, read the newspaper, research various online sources, and then I put it all away and turn it all off and shake my head. In the great theater of life, mankind from time to time seems to continuously present us with a shockingly memorable crime committed by a now unforgettable character that makes us stop and wonder.

I see the dark in others and it makes me take a good look at myself in search of vestiges of dark in me. Before my time there was an old radio show that began with this line – “who knows what evil lurks within the heart of man?”

A wonderful thing about us humans, and especially us Americans, is our resiliency, our ability to bounce back. It is part of our cultural and historical DNA. Generations before us have endured tragedies of various proportions that originated from various sources.

Cultures and societies have their peaks and valleys, their heydays and their downfalls. America is no different. Our past is inspiring as well as imperfect. Our positive future is possible as well as tentative.

Take a look back for only the past 20 years and you will see that events like the Boston bombing happen in America from time to time. I am not accepting it, just acknowledging it.

But I tell you what I am accepting without hesitation or a second thought, and that is the reality that a clear faith in God and a strong respect for self and others will win the day. Always has, always will. We live in the greatest country in the world and are not afraid to declare it. No bomb will ever end that.

Reach Tom Rupp at truppfolsom@yahoo.com.