One resident of Las Vegas, suffering grief and disbelief, reached out to Mike Rowe – that ‘Jack of all trades’ – for “ a comforting word.”

Molly from Vegas was distraught about the mass shooting at the Route 91 concert on Sunday night and told Rowe that his words “would go a long way” toward easing the pain of the entire Las Vegas community.

And Molly from Vegas wasn’t wrong – Rowe, known as the host of the TV series, Dirty Jobs and Somebody’s Gotta Do It, hosts “Returning the Favor,” a sort of 21st century version of Paul Harvey’s long-running and award-winning radio program, “The Rest of the Story” that focused on good news and positive takes on even the toughest stories in the spotlight.

Rowe didn’t attempt to sugarcoat the event that has so horrified the nation – the slaughter of 59 people simply enjoying a night of music who would never make it home and another 500 who would carry the scars – not only physical, but mental, emotional and psychological – forever.

Instead, Rowe spoke of the natural, human reaction to the news that so shocked and disturbed the nation and the world on Monday morning – thanking God he wasn’t “in the thick of the chaos” and then turning his thoughts to all the questions that come to mind.

“I found myself wondering if I had used the same elevator as the killer… wondering if I had stood in the same box and pushed the same buttons as the man now destroying countless lives and families…
if the killer and I had shared the same barstool in the lobby… swam in the same pool… chatted up the same bellman… played a hand of blackjack at the same table… slept in the same bed.”

As a frequent guest at the Mandalay Bay, Rowe quickly came to the conclusion that it was an even guess that he had, in fact, come into contact with the true, pure evil of “a monster.”

So, while acknowledging “how unknowingly we rub elbows with evil… with hollowed out men and craven women whose capacity for wickedness knows no bounds,” Rowe urged Molly – and the countless others who share her confusion and hurt – to “take comfort in men who threw themselves over other people’s children… the woman who loaded wounded strangers into her car and drove them out of harm’s way… the hundreds of first responders who risk their lives every day, and the hundreds of anonymous citizens who stood in line to give their blood.”

Lastly, Rowe told all of us that we are not alone and should, “take comfort in the fact all good people are shattered.”

Simple, yet eloquent words that speak volumes about who we are as a nation and who we are as the family of man.

 
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