My son and his middle school friends play a game on phones called “Clash of the Clans” or something of that ilk. Someone sets up a clan, invites friends in and then they “battle” other clans. He was in a clan and his friend, a clan leader, kicked him out because he wasn’t very good (back to my restrictive screen time). My son, in turn, started his own clan and decided not to let the original leader into the new one. Not my proudest mom moment, to be sure, but a teachable one: two wrongs don’t make a right.
I’m sure by now you’ve all seen/heard about the Boston Marathon race bandits. A woman who qualified and ran the race discovered that four people had lifted her bib from an image on Instagram and used it to run the race last Monday. Wrong? Absolutely.
But again, two wrongs don’t make a right. I am pretty disheartened by the extreme and ugly outrage that has accompanied this. I’ve seen entire posts dedicated to catching the bandits, complete with their photos. I’ve seen headlines like “catch these bastards.” It reminds me of a very similar reaction a while back when Self magazine messed up with “tutu gate.” The running community villified the magazine and eventually, the editor’s head rolled. I’m not saying this was the right or wrong ending, I’m just saying that the reaction to these situations by runners has been a bit over the top.
We all live in glass houses. We’ve all made errors in our lives. Maybe we shouldn’t be spouting righteous indignation all over the Interwebs. At the end of the day, is it our role to serve as judge and jury of these folks? They have to live with their actions and I’m betting right about now, not a one of them is feeling too good about themselves. Can’t we leave it at that?
I love the running community and I’ve seen it rally for good causes. I’ve seen lots of compassion from this community. Maybe we could dig some of that out? I’d love to see the strength of this community stay on the right path and leave the judging out of the equation.