source, Boston Globe
When something evil happens, the only way to make sense of it all is to look for the acts of kindness that arise from the chaos. First, I was struck by the sight of the police, firemen and even ordinary citizens running towards the explosion immediately after the blast. They desperately tried to remove the fences and barricades to get to the wounded. Of course, there was no guarantee that there would not be another explosion, but these brave people went into the area anyway. It restores your faith in humanity.
Also, there were reports of acts of kindness by the citizens of Boston towards the runners who had their race cut short by the explosion and were tired, cold and in shock. It was reported that people were taking the runners into their homes, giving them a hot drink and a phone to use to try and connect with their loved ones. No thought was given that these were strangers - just that they needed a helping hand.
America's citizens and first responders are strong and brave - we saw the best of that on display in the city of Boston.