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April 16, 2013

Joy destroyed at Boston Marathon

McALESTER — Boston sports fans sometimes get a bad rap. Other fanbases mock us for our negativity, our defensiveness, our arrogance and our apparent inability to actually enjoy the teams we love.

But that’s not the atmosphere at the Boston Marathon. The third Monday in April has always been when all of the greater Boston area comes together to cheer on and support anyone with the courage to brave the 26.2-mile course.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from Boston or France or Ethiopia or Australia. It doesn’t even matter if you’re wearing New York Yankees gear. If you’re running in the Boston Marathon, you’ll have supporters from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

The crowds always made the Boston Marathon a joyful event to watch, and probably also in which to participate.

All those good vibes were lost on Monday when terrorists detonated two bombs near the race’s finish line, killing three and wounding approximately 175 more.

Poet T.S. Eliot proclaimed in 1925 that, “This is the way the world ends — not with a bang but a whimper.” If someone could be so deranged as to want to destroy something as wonderful as the Boston Marathon, perhaps our society has finally begun its slow, whimpering free-fall into nothingness.

Eliot’s poem is called “The Hollow Men.” I can think of no better description of how I’ve felt ever since monsters turned joy into terror on Patriot’s Day in Boston.

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