What a beautiful reminder of how human we are and how rare it is for our vulnerability, shakenness, and ability to relate to one another to shine through, even though so many of us are feeling similar things in response to emergencies, disasters, or unexpected events.
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James
I’ve always found it off the mark – in places like Pakistan or Israel or anywhere there is repeated violence as part of civilian life – to laud the “resilience” of everyday people in continuing to live their lives in the face of tragedies.
The day before yesterday, on Tuesday night at 6:20pm, seven people died when an MTA commuter train slammed into a Mercedes SUV that was inexplicably stopped on the train tracks, even though the guard gates were down. The woman driving the car, Ellen Brody, was killed as were five passengers in the front car of the train.
The accident happened on the train line I take every day, around the time I usually ride home, about five miles north of where I get off the train.
Yesterday, thirteen hours after the accident, I trudged to my train stop to go to work. People are mostly silent…
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