In times like these, when terrible things happen to so many good people, two things occur: fear and hope. We fear the next occurrence, or that someone we love has been wounded or worse, but we have hope when we see how courageous the human spirit really is. The strength in humanity has been showcased by so, so many in the city of Boston, and it is something we can hold onto when things look their bleakest. My favorite quote to go back to in times like these is from the Lord of the Rings:
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”