Patton Oswalt responds to Boston Marathon bombing: The good outnumber the evil

By | April 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm | 4 comments | News | Tags: ,

As of this writing, there have been two confirmed deaths and dozens more injured – many critically – in a bombing that took place today near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. While we’re certainly not the news organization on which you should rely when it comes to horrible events like this, we did want to share something comedian Patton Oswalt posted on his Facebook page. Here it is, in full:

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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  • hairinyourteeth

    Thank you Pat, you have said it perfectly. I always hear people say we are at the end, and I would say no there are still too many who will stop and help. Or as you put it “WE OUT NUMBER THEM”
    Evil does not realize what it is up against…..

  • MaximumOvertroll

    I think humanity’s coming down with the AIDS.

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  • mxyzptlk

    Two forebears of today’s biting satire and sarcasm were Mark Twain and before him Jonathan Swift. Both of them also had increasingly dim views of humanity as they got on in years, and for Swift, it didn’t end well (and neither of them made it out of this world alive).

    Patton has always struck me as a comedian in that fine tradition of Swift and Twain, the satirist with the simultaneous myopic and god’s-eye view of people who can find just the right characterization that embodies a problem with the human condition, rather than just point at it. I hope Patton can keep his generally positive outlook, because if his comedic ancestors are any indication, that gets harder and harder.

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