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On Monday afternoon, Oswalt posted a very personal reaction to what happened, and his thoughts have resonated strongly with people across the Internet. As of Tuesday morning, the post has over 258,000 "likes," over 10,300 comments, and just shy of 200,000 "shares."
"Boston. F*****g horrible," his post began.
"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."
He continued by expressing his awe of those who rally to support against the presence of evil.
"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," he wrote. "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.'"
Oswalt's rep tells omg! that the actor is not giving any interviews at this time.
Many celebs tweeted or re-tweeted Oswalt's post in some form:
Another inspirational figure whose words about first responders have gone viral for the second time around? … The late Mr. Rogers, whose advice from The Mister Rogers Parenting Book, first went viral following the Sandy Hook massacre in December. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."
Another comment that received a strong reaction on Facebook was that of Boston local Mark Wahlberg, who chimed in yesterday afternoon with "Thoughts and prayers with my hometown Boston today." (which received over 62,000 "Likes") Local Ben Affleck tweeted his support yesterday afternoon:
And Ellen DeGeneres closed her show Monday with her thoughts for Boston. Hear them, below.
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