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Patton Oswalt’s moving Facebook post on Boston Marathon bombings goes viral

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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Like millions of others, Patton Oswalt watched in horror as the Boston Marathon bombings unfolded on Monday.

Oswalt, a 44-year-old stand-up comedian and California-based actor, took to Facebook to pen a short post about the attack. Within hours, it was shared more than 150,000 times.

"Boston. F------ horrible," Oswalt began. "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," Oswalt, best known as the voice of Remy in the 2007 animated film "Ratatouille," continued. "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."

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You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. ... 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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