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The smile of a cynic

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By John Pawlak

When you’re a cynic like me (being a cynic, I view this as putting myself in the majority), it’s easy to discount the human race as an experiment in chemistry gone bad. Whether it’s gods playing dice with comets or military playing not-nice with big bombs, I figure the experiment will be over soon enough.
But every now and then (usually more then than now), something will make me sit back and think, “Maybe there’s some hope for us after all.”
Sometimes it’s a large scale event, such as the Boston Marathon bombing. The bombing itself could easily convince any cynic that the human race is a diseased animal. But it’s what happened after the bombing that merits the true test of what we can be.
Fifteen active-duty Massachusetts National Guardsmen had completed the 26 mile “hike” in full combat uniform (which included 40 pound backpacks) and were gathered at a medical tent when the bombs exploded.
Within seconds, these soldiers rushed towards the carnage to help rescue victims covered with burning debris.
Ran “towards” the danger! Fools may rush in where angels fear to tread, but heroes are not fools. They represent the best in mankind, which is all too often obscured by the thick veneer of civilization we deal with every day.


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