For today, my original plan was to write yet another book review for your reading pleasure, but after this most recent tragedy, those plans have changed…
For those of you who have not yet been made aware, this photo was taken yesterday during the Boston Marathon, moments after the near simultaneous explosion of two bombs at the finish line. The most recent updates from the CBC indicate that 3 people were killed in the explosion, and more than 170 others were left injured. They have yet to determine where the bombs came from, or who was behind the orchestration of this terrible act, but I think the question most people want answered is … why?
That’s a question that has haunted us since the beginning of time. Whenever something like this happens, we all wish we could find the answer to that question, to know that there can be some kind of meaning given to those lives that were lost so suddenly. We want to catch those people responsible not only to prevent them from causing anymore harm, but in the hopes that they may have the answer to that question: why?
There has been a constant stream of horrific news stories as of late, from North Korea’s threat to attack the US, to the twin car bombings in Iraq killing 9 people, and now this. It is this glimpse at the darker side of human nature which got me thinking about something; if the Earth could write, what would our history look like? A rather odd segue, I know, but when you think about it, perhaps it’s not really so strange. The Earth, after all, has existed long before we came along and put our footprints all over its clean, natural and untainted surface. It has seen millions of seasons come and go, billions of organisms live and then die, countless of empires rise and crumble … and all the while it has watched us while continuing to spin on its axis.
Since our arrival, the Earth has witnessed the best and the worst parts of human nature; the moments where we would stand together for a common cause, and the other moments when we would go to great lengths to prevent that from happening. I have read countless books on Canadian and World history, all of which tell only one side of the story. It’s inevitable, for as the saying goes, “history is written by the victors”, making it damn near impossible to know everything that took place during those times of civil unrest. And yet the Earth was there through it all.
And so, I was suddenly struck with this thought: if the Earth could place quill to parchment, pen to paper, finger to key … how would Earth’s story read? What would human history really look like, from the eyes of that which sees all that we do, whom nothing can be hidden from? After reading that book from cover to cover, knowing all of the truths that would otherwise have remained hidden, would we be able to go on the way we have? Most importantly, would we be willing to read that book?
I’ll leave you to think about that, and in the meantime, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to those who lost a loved one yesterday. My heart goes out to all of you, as well as those who were injured in that explosion; I hope you are all able to make a quick recovery and go back home to your loved ones. I’ll finish by posting this photo which has been circulating like wildfire on Facebook. It carries with it the hopes of a young boy, who died in that explosion, whose youth did not prevent him from seeing the wisdom that should be evident to everyone:
To my fellow BookNerds, I would appreciate and encourage you to share any opinions and comments you may have on anything mentioned in today’s post, and to share this photo with everyone you know. If the Earth could write our story, let us not make it a tragedy; let us make it a story we can look back on and smile.