Monday’s Boston Marathon was marred by a pair of explosions that claimed two lives and left more than a hundred people wounded. Yet on a day of unmistakable evil, we are reminded how much good there is in the world.
In times of tragedy, it’s tiny gestures rather than sweeping ones that can have the greatest impact. Small acts of kindness and compassion, when rolled together, go along way in the battle against evil.
Take, for instance, the thoughtful gesture from Phoenix Coyotes’ defenceman Keith Yandle – a native of Boston. Yandle played last night’s game against San Jose with the words “Pray for Boston” written on his skate.
Across the league, fans put petty rivalries aside and showed their support for Beantown. The Star Spangled banner was cheered mightily in many arenas, especially at the United Center in Chicago, where they know a thing or two about cheering the National Anthem. A moment of silence to honour the victims was held prior to all games, something that was mandated by the league. The NHL quickly cancelled the game in Boston between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators. It will be played at a later date, although with less than two weeks left in the season it will require some creative scheduling to get it in.
Nothing can be done to reverse the terror of Monday. Nothing can bring back the victims. But we can rise up against the darkness, denounce it, stop it in its tracks.
We owe that much to those who are suffering.