Comedian strikes a nerve with Facebook plea not to give up hope
Patton Oswalt said what many of us needed to hear after the Boston Marathon bombings: In a widely-circulated Facebook message, the actor-comedian promises that good people still outnumber the bad.
"I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity,'" wrote the "King of Queens" and "Ratatouille" star.
"But I was wrong," he added. "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."
The post has been shared nearly 200,000 times, and received more than that many likes. In it, Oswalt also noted that some people ran toward the explosions — not away from them — to try to help the injured.
His message concludes by 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.'"
You can read the entire message here.