April 15: A terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon kills 5 (including one bomber, and a policeman later) and wounds over 175. April 17: A fire and explosion (probably accidental, but with likely negligence both at the corporation and in government oversight) in West, Texas, at a fertilizer plant, killed at least 12, with 60 still missing, and some of those probably dead. Over 200 were injured. Clearly, the fertilizer plant explosion, even if it was an accident, caused more devastation. But is terrorism worse than negligence?
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Thanks, Scream, I guess you can hear the scream behind my question. Thank you for "there is no excuse foir hatred or negligence." That helps me sort out my feelings.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want a loved one not returning from work today because of a negligent act that leads to their death. I suppose accidents happen as horrible as they may be, hatred and terrorism are not accidents. Purposely taking a life?
I gotcha, Scream. Right now, both make me want to scream.
Me too Sid, me too... can't you hear me? :-)
Im going to say best answer I couldn't agree with you more. Both events were equally devastating to the all the people involved. Personally I feel one is no worse then the other with the exception of Boston being intentional.
Thanks! I am sad whenever I hear that an innocent life has been lost... regardless of the circumstances. But, knowing that hate for a certain "people as a whole" and deliberate intentions are the cause, is particularly depressing.
Junkseller, you say a lot of valuable things tho I don't agree with all of them. It is good to sort out in time - our evil before creates terrorism as retaliation. Our incompetence before the act allows harm. Irrationality after continues the cycle.
Well to play along . We are really making Boston to much like 9/11
I wonder why everything is highly dramatized. I think what happened to the 20 children in Ct. Was much worse.
You can't compare Boston to 9/11.
You can't cry for the world.
Lor - I agree can't compare Boston with 5 dead to 9/11, 5,000 dead. The similarities are all created in sensationalizing minds & media.
We can cry for the world. spiritual practice in Buddhist, Hindu & Xtian spirituality. While My Guitar Gent
You think we over reacted to 9/11!
How were we supposed to act, oh well The towers are gone.
I think I'll agree to disagree.
Hi Lor - I believe you misread me. I didn't say anything one way or the other about over-reacting to 9/11. I merely stated that it is possible to cry for the world. Listen to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by the Beatles to see one way of doing it.
You can't compare Boston to 9/11.
I live 60 miles from NY and my brother - in- law worked on Wall Street.
He said seeing it on TV and being there was a war zone.
And yes I lost a friend. Why can't we cry over that?
Hi Lor: Please read the thread carefully, I think we've come to complete agreement. 1st you said we can't compare Boston to 9/11, and I agreed. Then you said we can't cry for the world, and I disagreet. Then, post just above, you agreed we can cry.
Peeples, I hope you know that you're not being mean at all. My question was genuine, and I'm glad to be getting answers on both sides of the situation. And you are right on about the frequency and the danger - I hope your husband's company improves.
Thx for your compassionate heart and clear mind. My prayers go out to the victims, and also to the perpetrators: May they cease their fear, hatred, greed, and negligence that leads to such suffering. (Those who knew in TX saved money doing nothing.
Your caring heart shines through your answer. At the '93 bombing of the World Trade Center, I saw how people temporarily care more - and I chose to make that caring permanent for me. It is sad that news perpetuates horror & drama, & not joy &
We can also ask for the healing of the hearts of those who do wrong and the minds (and greed) of those who are negligent, and work to make such healing happen.
LadyDeone, thx for your very thoughtful comments. Clarifying facts: The fire did come first, and was being fought, so the fire led to the explosion. There are OSHA regulations on the safe storage of Am Nitrate that were being overlooked & violate
Thank you Manatita. I was not looking for answers so much as for perspectives. I like yours, especially, "a pure motive is a messenger of God."
Thanks, Lor. You raise an important point. Helping those in need is more important than making an issue of why they were injured.