Did the USA win? Did Boston Win?
Monday, April 22, 2013
Give me your 3 best words to describe the USA.
As a mother, I am always trying to think about how to make my baby be the best person she can be. I find that most often that means that I have to modify MY behavior. I need to be a better person. I should be kinder, more tolerant, more loving and more patient. I am trying not to teach her my bad habits.
After watching the Boston Marathon Bombings last week I saw the US reaction to the death of one bomber and the capture of the other and what struck me is that we were not kind, loving, tolerant etc etc etc. I am not saying we should be pushovers, but we stood in the streets chanting USA USA USA.... like we "won". All I could think was "nobody won." There are still five people dead and lots of injuries. Many lives that are shattered. People that can't even put one foot in front to of the other to move on. We didn't win? Why are we so arrogant? I heard a local radio DJ talking about how smart we are and how we have the smartest people in the world? Guess what - other countries have smart people too. Watching people chant in the streets I thougth showed a lot of misunderstanding of who we really are and what really happened.
In your 3 best words did you say "Kind, loving, respectful, tolerant?" Probably not.
I don't think we won. We survived, we will keep trying to survive. The more the chant in the streets after incidents like this, the more incidents like this I think will happen. We need to be a kinder more respectful nation.