The words below are just another reason Patton Oswalt is one of my favorites.
For the people who lost their lives, limbs, and sense of peace at the Boston Marathon yesterday, for the many Afghan wedding-goers who were also killed and wounded yesterday by a US bomb that missed its target, for the 17-year-old Nashville boy who was shot and killed while waiting for a school bus last Thursday and for everyone we don't know about.
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
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.