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Boston Marathon: Patton Oswalt’s Powerful Prose Against Evil

26th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Ben StillerWe know Patton Oswalt as the voice of Pixar’s Ratatouille, from the sitcom Kings and Queens, and from his hilarious stand-up routines. But he’s more than that. He’s an avid tweeter, a big Downton Abbey fan, a father, and an advocate against evil.

After the events on Monday, with the bombing at the Boston Marathon, Patton Oswalt wrote a powerful Facebook post about the senseless act that took the lives of three, injured over a hundred and shook a country to it’s core. His post wasn’t just about the horrendous nature of the bombings, but of hope and a belief that people are generally better than that. Check out what he had to say below:

“Boston. F*#king 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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