After news of yet another heart-wrenching horror—explosions at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England resulted in dozens of fatalities, many of them children— comfort began to circulate from an unlikely source.
Anthony Breznican, a novelist and staff writer at Entertainment Weekly began to tweet about Fred Rogers in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, remembering the pioneering American television personality whose Mister Rogers Neighborhooddebuted nearly a half century ago and provided comfort, entertainment, and gentle moral instruction to generations of children.
Over the course of thirty-one years and 865 episodes, Rogers, a steadfast champion of children, their education, and their emotional health, used his "neighborhood" to show the world as it should be—a microcosm of kindness where neighbors love and support each other through difficult times.
He once told Charlie Rose that "there's one thing that evil cannot stand, and that is forgiveness."
Another of Rogers’ quotes (“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’”) began making the rounds on Twitter in the aftermath of the attack, as it had done after September 11th, the Boston Marathon bombing, and various school shootings— but this time it was Breznican’s story that went viral.