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Why does it take attacks to unite us?

WHY IS it that the only time we actually sing the words of “God Bless America” together with true emotion is when there’s been a random and violent attack against people with whom we identify (“Apprehension of second suspect followed by cheers and relief,” Metro, April 20)? Why do we wave the flag and shout “USA” only when we feel aggrieved or are relishing a victory over an enemy?

Although I feel grief over the Marathon bombing, I will not allow my grief to be manipulated by the media. I will not appropriate the pain and suffering of those who were killed and maimed and the anguish of their families and friends. And I will not translate the bravery shown by first responders and courageous people as mine.

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