Patton Oswalt Tweets, Facebook Posts Go Viral After Boston Marathon Bombing

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt took to Twitter and Facebook Monday to express his thoughts about the Boston Marathon bombing.

Oswalt quoted Mr. Rogers on Twitter, writing, “Look for the helpers. You’ll always find people who are helping.” The tweet quickly received over 8,300 retweets and 2,500 favorites.

Another tweet about an hour later quoted fellow comedian Paul Kozlowski, “…seconds after the explosions, you see hundreds of people running TOWARDS the carnage to help. Not away.” That tweet received more than 4,300 retweets and more than 1,400 favorites.

But it was on Facebook that Oswalt really opened up, penning a heartfelt post reminding people that there is still good in the world. The full post reads as follows:

“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 post has received over 260,000 “likes” and over 195,000 shares on Facebook. The post also received over 10,000 comments.

What do you think of Patton Oswalt‘s tweets and Facebook post?

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