“I don’t want to know his name.”

Maybe you’ve read or read about the post from which that quote is drawn. It has gone viral after all.

The sentiment is one we can all understand and one that many millions of Americans probably have felt since the bombs went off during the Boston Marathon. It’s good to get those feelings out there.

A desire to hear only the good news, however, can be carried too far, just as the news coverage about the bombings in some cases has gone too far toward treating real-life tragedy as entertainment. Havoc is good for ratings.

We can profess to not want to know, but we simply cannot afford to be ignorant. A nation needs to understand its enemies in order to protect its citizens.

We have to learn something from this.