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Old 04-15-2013, 10:10 PM
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Such an awful tragedy. The only thing that keeps me sane during times like this is looking at the good. The person thatdid this has an evil heart but I can't focus on that or I'll just be angry. Look at the amazin out pouring of help during the moments immediately after. So many that had every excuse to run away but instead they ran in full steam ahead without thinking of personal risk, those that had run so far but continued to run to the nearest hospital to donate blood, all the amazingly beautiful hearts that shine in moments like this, when bad seems to be suffocating us... I have to remember that the GOODNESS in humans outweighs the bad
I sometimes have a hard time with that ... But I keep trying to see the good in people but its hard with ... I know that people aren't perfect & will make mistakes & bad decisions.

That's not what I'm talking about here, who knows if these folks are really evil, or insane, or mentally ill, or all of the above. I try not to judge the person because I don't know what's going on in their lives & in their minds either.

It sucks they do these things ... But I try not to judge since I don't know the story behind it.

I don't agree with people calling for the other marathon to be canceled ... IMO giving into fear will just make things worse.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:33 PM
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I kept saying I wouldn't, I did, it's rough.
Me too. Especially when it first happened and they were posting the photos on the main feeds about the event. One in particular was probably the worst I have ever seen in my life.

I always get frustrated with the media at these times. Yes, we need to know it is really happening but I feel so much for the people in the photos. The worst moment of their life plastered on every web page and news article.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:00 PM
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Me too. Especially when it first happened and they were posting the photos on the main feeds about the event. One in particular was probably the worst I have ever seen in my life.

I always get frustrated with the media at these times. Yes, we need to know it is really happening but I feel so much for the people in the photos. The worst moment of their life plastered on every web page and news article.
I know, I go back and forth. Its such an intrusion.....but at the same time, the more "real" we make it, the more people feel, the more we fight against it.

The worst one I saw, as far as gruesome, at least on some of the sites, his face was blocked out.
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especially because those pictures came out before families and anything were even contacted, and many of the same images were used EVERYWHERE.

I can't even imagine.. seeing someone you love on the news like that before you even can hear that they are alright or anything.

I hate seeing them on my newsfeed. I find them horrifying and unsettling and It's such a selfish thing.. but I hate seeing the places I love and see everyday everywhere in those images. It makes this whole thing even worse..

There is a man with his leg blown off, and behind him the steps of the library where Merlin and I eat lunch everyday.
The blood splattered all over the sidewalk where I walk to work.
The ambulances and bodies in front of the candy store where I go on sundays.
A girl laying covered in blood on the lawn where I like to read on sunny days.
Blood all over the little restaurant that Merlin loves to stop and get treats from.
The explosion right in front of my favorite bookshop where I pass by everyday.

How can these places ever be the same ever again?
and worse.. it scares me that it happened someplace so.. mine. Bombs went off on a street I walk down every single day, a block from where I live. It is mind boggling to think about.
Its like that feeling of safety is just..gone.

What if I hadn't have been late? What if I didn't walk dogs today? What if I had gone to the marathon and been at the finish line like I was supposed to?
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The worst one I saw, as far as gruesome, at least on some of the sites, his face was blocked out.
It wasn't on some of the sites.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:04 PM
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especially because those pictures came out before families and anything were even contacted, and many of the same images were used EVERYWHERE.

I can't even imagine.. seeing someone you love on the news like that before you even can hear that they are alright or anything.

I hate seeing them on my newsfeed. I find them horrifying and unsettling and It's such a selfish thing.. but I hate seeing the places I love and see everyday everywhere in those images. It makes this whole thing even worse..

There is a man with his leg blown off, and behind him the steps of the library where Merlin and I eat lunch everyday.
The blood splattered all over the sidewalk where I walk to work.
The ambulances and bodies in front of the candy store where I go on sundays.
A girl laying covered in blood on the lawn where I like to read on sunny days.
Blood all over the little restaurant that Merlin loves to stop and get treats from.
The explosion right in front of my favorite bookshop where I pass by everyday.

How can these places ever be the same ever again?
and worse.. it scares me that it happened someplace so.. mine. Bombs went off on a street I walk down every single day, a block from where I live. It is mind boggling to think about.
Its like that feeling of safety is just..gone.

What if I hadn't have been late? What if I didn't walk dogs today? What if I had gone to the marathon and been at the finish line like I was supposed to?
((((Hugs)))))

I didn't live here when the OKC bombing happened but I drive past the memorial every day. I walk there sometimes during lunch. We can see the memorial out the window of our office. It is crazy how these things happen in the most mundane places. So close to everyday people like you and me...

It's a sobering thought.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:16 PM
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I wish more faces were blocked out.

The graphic photos do make it seem more "real" as you say. I mean at the start I was kind of like "2 dead, it could be worse." Then I saw the guy in the wheelchair and realized that there must be a fair bit of that in the 100 people injured.

On the other hand, imagine having that picture of you plastered across the internet forevermore, on gore sites... I know whenever I'm vulnerable I really want my privacy. I would hate to have that picture everywhere, and it just really bothers me that in addition to having those devastating injuries, these people don't even have the liberty to keep to themselves.
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Such an awful tragedy. The only thing that keeps me sane during times like this is looking at the good. The person thatdid this has an evil heart but I can't focus on that or I'll just be angry. Look at the amazin out pouring of help during the moments immediately after. So many that had every excuse to run away but instead they ran in full steam ahead without thinking of personal risk, those that had run so far but continued to run to the nearest hospital to donate blood, all the amazingly beautiful hearts that shine in moments like this, when bad seems to be suffocating us... I have to remember that the GOODNESS in humans outweighs the bad
This is a great post. My knee jerk reaction to things like this tends to be anger at the senseless cruelty, but you're right, that does nothing constructive. Better to recognize the amazing acts of kindness in this horrible situation.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:37 PM
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Apparently people are already calling for them to cancel the Illinois Marathon (they said it's unlikely to be cancelled)... some people are upset because the finish line is on the football field at the stadium, and they think the stadium is an "easy target" so they are calling for them move the finish line (they said they have no plans to move the finish line)... people saying they don't want their kids to do the Kid's Run, people reconsidering running themselves.
Normal post-terror panic. People are scared.

I hate this because I don't want people to feel this way. I don't want to feel this way. It's not really logical. And yet it's normal??

I was supposed to run five miles today and I felt terrible. I just didn't want to run... I really didn't. The thought of it made me feel like crying. So I didn't.

Tomorrow I will run. Even if I cry the whole time.
https://www.facebook.com/events/318199378309189/
My brother-in-law is supposed to run in that marathon, and my first thought was.... he can't. Like, it's completely illogical of me to think that no one should ever run in another marathon again, but this is just gonna have me ultra paranoid for a while. =/

There's just been too many senseless tragedies recently and it's... numbing.
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