Patton Oswalt's Response to the Boston Marathon Tragedy

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Amid all of the anger, sadness and confusion we undoubtedly felt in the aftermath of yesterday’s tragedy in Boston, it becomes especially imperative now to actively seek out and recognize the good in others.

And while countless people flooded Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook with their offerings of support, encouragement and prayers for the people of Boston, there was one heartfelt response, a rallying cry of sorts that particularly resonated with us here at Paste as it eloquently and powerfully implored its audience to not only remember the inherent goodness of humanity, but to also refuse to give up on it.

Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt posted a response to yesterday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon. The explosions have so far claimed the lives of three people and injured 154.

You can read the full text of Oswalt’s note below and view the note itself on Facebook:

Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.”

But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

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