As I sit here in my little office at my house, I struggle to write about Auburn football and the A-Day game to come on Saturday.
Hours ago, I sat in this seat answering questions from our subscribers, making phone calls, taking an occasional look at Twitter, accepting that it was April 15 and I had to pay up.
Did any of it matter?
On the television in the corner, I heard the first reports of a bomb exploding at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. With the passing minutes and hours, it got worse and worse. Word came that an 8-year-old boy was among those killed. Others were clinging to life after literally having limbs blown off. Evil had visited our nation again. And I had been immersed in the relative trivia of college football and Form 1040.
Does any of it matter?
Does it matter who will play quarterback for Auburn while police search for the person or persons who perpetrated a vile act against innocent people?
Does it matter what position moves are working when a family is mourning the unthinkable, the loss of an 8-year-old?
Does it matter?
Do championships matter as doctors work to save lives of people who did nothing but be in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Does it matter how Auburn will play its A-Day game when runners who came from Newtown to honor their fallen children instead witnessed unthinkable violence again?
You’re darned right it matters.
Whether the terrorists who did this were from Afghanistan, Iran or New York City, the mission was the same. It was to terrorize, to make Americans afraid to be Americans, to make us look over our shoulder instead of up at our heritage.
If we do that, if we live in fear, if we are afraid to do what we do and be who we are, it’s over. The terrorists have won.
I hope the fires of hell rain down on those who exploded those bombs. No cause justifies the targeting of innocent people. We can grieve with those who lost so much. We can be angry. But we must not give in. We must go forward with our heads high and hope in our hearts.
We are Americans, and that’s what we do.