"She had a great sense of humor and freckles and red hair that brought her right to her Irish roots."
She was "a dream daughter."
I have a daughter, so maybe that's why these words cut so deep.
This was a dad's description of a young woman,
My God. Now another wound has opened in the social fabric. Another enormous question tears at our hearts. Once again we ask: Why?
Beyond the question of why did the killers do it, a more insidious question lurks. Why does so little change in response to the violence that occurs both in shocking randomness in "safe" communities around the country and as an everyday fact of life in our poor and devastated neighborhoods?
As so many people have said in the last few days: Life is precious. No one ever qualifies that statement. Every life is a unique, invaluable, irreplaceable manifestation of human potential. Yet why is our awareness of this basic truth so fleeting? Why do we make grief hierarchical -- some deaths matter more than others -- and thereby diminish it immeasurably?
On the same day as the Boston Marathon bombing, a string of car bombs exploded across
Also on Monday, the same day as the Marathon bombing, seven were killed and four more wounded when a roadside bomb went off in
Again, again, again. Our beautiful world erupts with spasms of violence; our loved ones die. Yet we cannot grieve with innocence. We also participate in the violence.
A few days earlier, a coalition of human rights groups sent a letter to President Obama demanding an end to the secrecy that surrounds U.S. drone strikes, according to the
"By the count of the
Will we ever reach a point where most Americans choose to absorb such data in the context of our own terrible violence? Will we ever reach a point where we feel the same urgency of grief for the victims of the violence that is a fact of life in the
This is the first step, and it seems so obvious: open the borders of our grief.
Instead, of course, we declare the
Two years ago, when
Some of us -- maybe most of us -- get it. This is the way the world must change: first, by recognizing that our common humanity doesn't stop at the border.
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