Our world is both an encouraging and unsettling place. The past week alone is a kaleidoscopic example of extremes. On the extraordinary side, 36,000 runners ran in the Boston Marathon Monday, unbowed by memories of last year’s terrorist attacks that killed three and maimed hundreds.
Many of those who lost legs in the explosions showed up to wish the runners good luck. One woman handed out thank you cards to all the bystanders. Whether they finished first or last, runners described their efforts as pure joy. The marathon was a victory over terrorism — a stunning celebration of the human spirit.