I think we all need a bit of perspective on the Boston bombing. When the local news in Boston goes crazy about it that makes sense. Even when the news all over the US is full of it that makes some sense. When world news is completely drenched with coverage it just makes me sad. Canadian and British news sources spending inordinate space both in ink on paper and digital space on the Boston bombing is a serious mess.
Was it a tragedy? Certainly. Are there one hundred greater tragedies all over the world every day? Yes!
While it is great to sympathize with the people who died or were injured in Boston we should not think that just because somebody lives in a country vaguely similar to ours their life is worth more. People die in, for example, Iraq, constantly due to bombs or other violence and it barely makes a blip on the news except for the monthly body counts. Going nuts because some rich folks died instead of some poor folks is a terrible way to live.
Two car crashes with five or six deaths happen daily and yet we hardly even care but when fewer people die of a bomb we can't help but stick our eyeballs to the story. Somehow that becomes more of a threat, more real, more deserving of our concern, cash, and attention. If we really want to express our concern for our fellow beings or worry about threats to our safety we need to get our brains in gear. In the past two decades car crashes have killed ~400,000 people in the US and terrorism has killed ~4,000. In Canada the numbers are even further apart.
Bombings are bad but we can do practically nothing to stop them. There are plenty of things we *can* do to stop other sorts of deaths though and we should be doing those things, not spending all of our time obsessing over what is in the end a small thing on the world stage. Having a fit over a bombing like this makes it more likely to happen again rather than less and furthers the goals of the bombers; that is, to create panic, chaos, and fear.