First response to Boston Explosion

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On days like this, many feel like giving up on humanity.
It is a natural urge, but do not. Don’t.
Some are using this story to perpetuate hatred against this ethnic group or that religious group.
Some are urging us to pray to the One for all of us.
Where do we stand?

  • I thought of you last night. I’m at Harvard for a week-long course. Class continued after the explosion, but then they closed the university an hour or so later. There are people from all over the world in this class, so I took a page from the New York play book. I knew many people on 9/11 who found themselves sitting in bars watching tv with strangers who then became friends. A bunch of us ended up doing exactly that last night – then we hit a nearby restaurant for a spirited, curry-laden discussion in which five continents were represented, and we did our best to support that business on a night when they should have had every table filled. I don’t know if there’s a proper response when you are near, not in, a security crisis – but this global, raucous crowd of deep thinkers seemed like exactly where I was meant to be in that moment.

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  • sun

    Amen, and amin, Omid.

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