Don’t feel much like posting a song tonight.  Read this instead.

Patton Oswalt on the Boston Marathon attack:

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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  1. Hello David
    I've been working nights, and I'd just got to work last night when news of what had happened in Boston started to filter through. I haven't had chance to read much about it yet, but the message of this post, that the vast majority of people are social animals, and will help people for no reason other than that they need help, is a positive one. If we lose that socialisation, that altruism, through fear, hatred, or both, the human race is doomed.

    Love & best wishes
    Sammy B

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  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/15/if-you-are-losing-faith-in-human-nature-go-out-and-watch-a-marathon/

    This helps me feel that there is still hope for humanity.

    I was very sad to hear about this waking up today. Heard a blurb about it on The Current in the shower, but it didn't really register. Then I heard more on NPR at work, and it started to sink in. Looked it up online, and was sickened by what I read. Then I started thinking about friends, and I knew my friend Anthony's parents live in Boston. Finally heard from him about half an hour ago that his parents are fine, but some of their friends were there, their daughter running, and they got caught in it. Nothing life threatening, but stitches and such.

    These things can't keep happening. As a society we can not let it.

    Hug the people you love today.

    Hugs!

    143

    _Kevin

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  3. I saw this a little earlier. Nice piece. I feel awful about what happened. It just pisses me off that some clown or clowns got their damn rocks off by killing people and hurting so many more.

    All I can say is < <>> to all of you!
    Peace <3
    Jay

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