For those of us who believe in the enormous potential of religion to advance the cause of humanity, the bombings are disheartening. And there is a growing, albeit abstract, movement to create a new moral ethos for society that is devoid of religion. This is frightening.
There is a risk that terrorists will view the Boston bombings and the aftermath as a new template to commit abhorrent acts -- make a small cut against American society, go on the run, gun down a cop, and ultimately transform a small cut into a massive event.
Last Monday, time seemed to slow down because truth was slow in coming. Now, the dam has burst, and I'm inundated with information. Lest that give me any real comfort, with the expansion of the information has come a flood of more questions.
There is a growing gap between our traditional institutions -- like the news media and law enforcement -- and the growing power of social media. That gap is wide, and growing -- as last week's events reminded us.
The only solace we can find is in each other, in the men and women who acted selflessly to rush forward to help the wounded, in the onlookers who saw that marathon runners were without their cell phones or clothes and helped them find what they needed for comfort.
I have never viewed video images of most tragedies of the last two decades. It's not general coverage of a tragedy that I avoid but particular videos of specific violent acts, endlessly repeated on the news or, in the current moment, available endlessly on demand.