There was a firestorm of celebrity reactions both on Twitter and Facebook yesterday as the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings unfolded. Some were short bursts of anger toward those responsible while others, like 44-year-old actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, were uplifting and inspiring.
While he initially expressed his disgust at the “human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths” who have yet to be revealed as the cause of yesterday’s terrorist attack, Patton continued on to inspire hope in those (like himself) who thought they had lost all faith in humanity at 9/11. An excerpt of his viral post reads:
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.
The full post has been ‘liked’ more than 275,000 times and shared over 200,000 times, not to mention the more than 11,000 comments of “Bravo,” “Well put,” or simply, “Thank you.”
Patton concluded his message on a high note that brought tears to our eyes and gave others that last little push of confidence that they could get through the day, saying: 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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