44 Images That Perfectly Capture The Resilience Of The Human Spirit

A collection of images from the past week that have shown us just how powerful the human spirit really is.

1. At 2:50 p.m. on Monday April 15, pure evil exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line.

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe
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2. Moments later, pure goodness showed up.

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3. First responders immediately went to work.

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4. Normal, everyday people sprung into action.

Bill Greene/The Boston Globe
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5. A dude with a cowboy hat HELD SOME GUY’S ARTERY.

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6. In the meantime, everyone did what they could.

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7. People opened up their homes.

This picture was captioned on instagram. “There is love in this world. A sweet woman opened her home to us and gave us food, shelter and beer! Our hotel is locked down. We can’t get over there. So scary. Praying.”

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8. The city went into lockdown.

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9. But still, restaurants brought first responders food.

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10. Bikers brought coffee.

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11. And police officers reminded people that this is Boston. They would prevail.

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12. While all of this was going on, an explosion at a fertilizer company decimated a small town called West, Texas.

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13. Text messages were sent, as people realized just how fortunate they were.

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14. In typical Texas fashion, there was (of course) free BBQ.

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15. Flags went up on Texas highways.

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16. Students at Baylor University waited in long lines to donate blood.

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17. While others waited in the rain to do the same.

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18. The Texas Rangers held a donation drive.

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19. Tip jars across the Texas were popping up to benefit the victims.

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20. Kids held bake sales.

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21. And random acts of kindness were happening everywhere.

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22. People across the country chipped in, sending whatever they could to Texas.

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23. Members of the volunteer firefighters in Greensburg, Kansas, held a boot drive.

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24. The Cleburne, Texas, McDonald’s represented with their Boston gear.

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25. Someone even sent an entire schoolhouse!

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26. Back in Boston, people created a makeshift memorial.

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27. Some left signs.

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28. Others left their medals.

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29. And duh, there was Sam Adams.

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30. That night, the Boston PD flexed their muscles.

Matt Rourke / AP
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31. They were basically the Avengers.

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32. At daybreak, when officers made people stay in their homes, this guy brought milk to a family with young children.

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33. By nightfall, they got the suspect.

Julio Cortez / AP
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34. Naturally, everyone left their houses and partied in the streets.

Kayana Szymczak / Getty Images
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35. Police officers included. (Open container laws were apparently temporarily suspended.)

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36. The Power Rangers even showed up.

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37. At last, police officers could rest and go home to their families.

This picture was captioned on Instagram: “He’s home!!! Safe and sound after a long four days. Never been more proud.”

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38. The next day, an excited crowd showed up at Fenway.

Jim Rogash / Getty Images
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39. Signs were made.

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40. And everyone was reminded to not mess with the family.

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41. It was a good day, especially for this guy.

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42. It all just goes to show how these kinds of tragedies bring us all together, regardless of geography.

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43. The human spirit always prevails.

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44. This sign at a soccer game in Dallas sums it up best:

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