Posted Sunday night, April 15, 2018.
Flowers and remembrances for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing at a roadblock at the end of the marathon route. April 2013 photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman, courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.
On the second day after the catastrophe in Boston, Thomas L. Friedman announced in the Times that “the right reaction is: Wash the sidewalk, wipe away the blood, and let whoever did it know that…they have left on trace of our society or way of life.” We should, said Mr Friedman, “let there be no reminder whatsoever.” And he asserted, with a shocking indifference to evidence and his own language, that “the benefits---living in an open society---always outweigh the costs.” He is speaking to (among others) people whose loved ones have been killed and people who will never again stand on their own legs. How an he think that all traces of any violence can easily be wiped away?…The dead in Boston no longer live in an open society. How have they benefitted?
---from “The Commerce of Violence” by Wendell Berry.