When Tragedy Strikes, Heroes Emerge (PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch

When Tragedy Strikes, Heroes Emerge (PHOTOS)

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    A police officer pushes an injured boy in a wheelchair at the scene of the first explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.

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April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (www.incnow.tv) -- When a tragedy strikes, natural instinct releases tears and cries asking "why", but what America witnessed in the aftermath of the 2 explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon, was nothing short of heroism.

President Obama commented on that fact in a press conference Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. He spoke of how runners went straight to hospitals to donate blood, trained personnel and bystanders alike rushed to aid those fallen from the blast, churches opened their doors and the people of Boston opened their homes for those affected by the tragedy.

Many have taken to Facebook and Twitter to respond about how they reflect on this horror.

Patton Oswalt, of Two and A Half Men, wrote on Facebook: I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."

But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

The photo gallery, which contains graphic images, shows that while thousands of people were running for their lives, others ran straight into the chaos to help.

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