“Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.”
– W. H. Auden
(The following excerpts taken from the insightful and thought-provoking article It Can Happen Anywhere by LZ Granderson, weekly columnist for CNN.com and senior writer and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and ESPN.com, originally appeared on CNN.com on April 15, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
If September 11, 2001, was the day everything changed, then April 15, 2013, serves as another reminder of that change, of our frailties and of a new reality in which “it can’t happen here” has been replaced by “it can happen anywhere.”
This is what happens when evil like the kind experienced in Boston takes away our innocence.
It forces us to empty our pockets, have our bags inspected and remove trash cans from the streets of a major international city.
If September 11, 2001, made you cry, then April 15, 2013, should make you angry.
Doesn’t matter if the culprits of this heinous act came from afar or home. The origin of the person or persons responsible won’t bring us the peace that we took for granted not so long ago. That peace is gone, forever. Our children will hear stories about this peace and our children’s children will treat it as a fairy tale.
If April 15, 2013, was the day the Boston Marathon became a target for terrorism, then September 11, 2001, was the day we all were warned that it would be. Since then nothing has been the same.
Nothing will be the same.