My chest tightened and my eyes welled up. Not again, I thought, remembering 9/11.
I had called a Lovefraud reader, and she told me “they bombed the finish line at the Boston Marathon.”
Like that terrible day in 2001, I turned on CNN and saw scenes of chaos. My heart broke for the dead, injured and terrified. My mind railed against the evil that intentionally caused this heartless destruction.
Who was it this time? A brainwashed Islamic militant intent on jihad, believing that if he were martyred he would be met in paradise by 72 virgins? A racist white supremacist who is certain that the United States is going to hell in a hand basket, and the only solution is to overthrow the government? A lonely kid who plays too many violent video games and wants to prove his life is not insignificant by ripping off the limbs of innocent spectators?
My chest tightened and my eyes welled up. Not again, I thought.
Whatever his (or her) paltry excuse, whoever made and ignited those bombs made a choice, and the choice was evil.
This is Lovefraud’s main message: Evil exists. We cannot delude ourselves. As much as we want to have faith in our fellow human beings, we much also exercise caution, remain vigilant and pay attention to our instincts.
We may not always be able to thwart those intent on random violence. But we must try, and the first step is knowing that evil is out there.
3 killed, more than 140 hurt by bombs at Marathon, on BostonGlobe.com.