Patton Oswalt’s Boston Marathon Attack Tweet Goes Viral

Actor & comedian Patton Oswalt took to social media to express his feelings in the wake of the April 15 terror attack during the Boston Marathon. His comments posted on Facebook have now gone viral with over 150,000 people linking to them.

Oswalt, known for his comedic role on the sitcom “King of Queens”, showed a deeply insightful view of both the 9/11 and Boston terror attacks. In his comments, Oswalt put the entire matter in perspective.

He explained that no matter how many people were behind the Boston terror attacks, the perpetrators are insignificant compared to the total number of people in the world. Oswalt explained that most people are good. He pointed out that a far greater number of people rushed in to help the wounded than could ever have participated in the crime. Oswalt counseled everyone who encounters evil or darkness to remember that the number of good people are far greater, and those good people will prevail. Oswalt never even delves into laying blame on any specific group.

Everything in his post was focused on humanity, which is inherently good, and the resilience of good people to weather the harm caused by a few people.

Here is the whole piece.

Boston. F*cking 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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