"Reflecting on Independence"
Independence Hall - Philadelphia, PA
Boston and Philadelphia are intertwined in my mind as cradles of American independence. I feel a kinship with Bostonians. Kindred original colonial cities. Similar shared experiences. Similar architecture. Similar cobblestoned streets. Similar pride in the role we played in the birth of America. Boston's got Ben Affleck, we've got Bradley Cooper. Not to mention we both talk a little funny. Philadelphia is where we declared our independence from tyranny. Boston is where the first shots were fired to assure it.
Patriot's Day. I doubt the choice to bomb the Boston Marathon on this date was coincidental. Nor to inflict terror at the finish line. The precise place where people were celebrating the blood, sweat and tears shed to overcome the challenges of running a marathon and all that accomplishment represents and implies. Some have called these terrorists, whomever they might be, cowards. That's too easy. I call them evil. Their goal is to tyrannize with fear. To inflict mass hysteria, if not mass casualties. They want us to cower. To be scared. To unsettle us. They want us to stop living our lives. Do they even know who they are dealing with here? Americans who have fought for our freedoms. And that fight began right there. In Boston.
Stupid, stupid terrorists. Stupid AND evil. What a dangerous combo.
They want us to believe our lives aren't safe. I won't let them tyrannize me into not living my life freely. I will not let them take away my independence. They will not win. So not only will I go out and live my life, I'm going to do it with a little more compassion, kindness and love. Because good always triumphs over evil. That's an amazing power we have. I plan to take advantage of it.
I defy those tyrants to take away my independence and my freedom of choice on how I want to live my life. Don't they know Bostonians, Philadelphians, and Americans in general, have "been there done that"? We are kinda good at it. After all, it's how we began. I have no doubt that defiant spirit will live on in Boston. Unified Americans will always overcome merciless acts.
God bless you Boston. I stand with you.
From a Philadelphian,
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