Boston bombings challenge my philosophy

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 04:06 PM.

Well, by any measure I can imagine terrorism that kills and maims innocent kids is pure evil. So if I accept that as a truth, then there’s no way around accepting the existence of counterbalancing pure "good," the foundation of so many faiths.

Is Otis Gardner getting religion? No, but looking at things through an accountant’s eyes, we live in a very big balance sheet. The cosmos appeared from nothing, so all of its components must eventually total to zero.

If I follow that thread into my personal life, it requires depths of evil have to be offset by heights of good. It’s the yin and yang, debit and credit of existence.

I’m deeply sorry for the innocent people who were knocked out of wonderful lives without rhyme or reason and to no purpose other than the creation of pain. That’s pure evil by any measure.

I want to say I’ll pray for those folks, but that seems a bit two-faced given my history of rejecting any hint of metaphysics in my world. Besides injuring people in Boston, those bombers also blew away some of my smugness.

Maybe I’ll turn inward and visit my soul, if I can find it.

Otis Gardner’s column appears weekly. He can be reached at 

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