Patton Oswalt tweeted words of hope to lift the spirit of the nation following the devastating bomb attack at the Boston Marathon:
"...seconds after the explosions, you see hundreds of people running TOWARDS the carnage to help.Not away." -- Paul Kozlowski
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 15, 2013
Two explosions detonated near the Boston Marathon finish line in quick succession Monday afternoon, just minutes before 3 p.m. Then, a second incendiary explosion was reported from within the JFK library later that afternoon. Boston authorities did not confirm whether the two explosions were linked.
A shocking event that has left the country reeling in fear, anger, and disbelief, comedian Patton Oswalt shared his feelings to his fans by via a heartfelt Facebook post yesterday:
Boston. F*cking 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."
Patton Oswalt's Paul Kozlowski tweet was re-tweeted more than 4,000 times. Next, the Fred Rogers tweet caused more than 8,000 people across Twitter to share the sentiment. Finally, Patton Oswalt's Facebook post caused more than a quarter of a million people to like the post and nearly as many to share it on their own timelines.
On Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama addressed the people in an address and confirmed the explosions as an act of terrorism. Unfortunately, the criminals and their motives remain unknown.
"What we don't yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual," stated President Obama.
"Clearly, we're at the beginning of our investigation. It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened, but we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice."
"Given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism," Obama said. "Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror."
Mirroring Oswalt's sentiments, President Barack Obama said "the American people refuse to be terrorized."
Obama prised the heroism, kindness, generosity and love of the heroes that ran to help the injured following the bomings. Responders even include exhausted runners that continued to run until they reached the nearest hospital in order to donate blood for the wounded. Others teared their own clothes to make tourniquets for the bleeding victims.
Speaking about the unknown figure that executed the Boston Marathon attack, Obama said: "So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that's it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid."