But most people in Boston, the the United States, in the world, do not explode bombs or kill people. Most people go about their day, working, playing, volunteering, raising families, developing their interests and talents, and respecting others' right to do the same. Most people are basically good.
When we focus on the dramatic destruction perpetrated by a few individuals, it may seem that the human race is completely deranged. We do have to deal with it. We can't just put our head in the sand and say, "Oh, well," but we will be better able to seek solutions to prevent violent acts if we keep our perspective. Gandhi, who suffered for his peaceful beliefs, said, "We must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."
And a young teenage girl who lived in hiding from the Nazis, and later died in their concentration camp, said, "Despite all, I believe people are really good at heart."
I do, too.