“There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man.” ~ Alan Paton
On days like this, small things on the scale of life become writ large.
A nice afternoon for a run.
First responders rushing in to help.
Marathoners stopped, quite literally, in their tracks. Thrown off their stride. And then striding to hospitals, offering to give blood.
Hours and miles of training, stopped short.
Runners racing for charity, for friends, for loved ones. A day of jubilation. It should have been.
I'm struck, as always, as I scrolled through some images of the day, the horrible day, at the sight of all the people helping each other, touching each other, holding on to each other. Man's humanity to man. Nothing can take that away.