Patton Oswalt Reacts To Boston Marathon Attacks
Patton Oswalt, known for his comedy and role on TV’s King Of Queens, took to social media after the Boston Marathon Bombings to express his serious side and offer inspiration.
Not allowing 140 characters to hold him back Oswalt first posted the words of Mr. Rogers on Twitter:
“Look for the helpers. You’ll always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers, on what to do when scary things are on the news #boston
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 15, 2013
That hopeful message inspired many to reshare and retweet to help offer the same for others. Patton then expressed himself even further and refused to place blame on anyone person or group in a heartfelt posting that reflected his memories of 9/11 on Facebook:
Boston. F—ing 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.”
The above message from Facebook has seen over 181,000 shares, 242,000 likes, and 9,700 comments.