Funny man Patton Oswalt took on a new role Monday as he inspired Facebook with words of hope in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed at least two people and injured more than a hundred others.
The comedian and actor, who plays the guy who ended up with Ashton Kutcher's ex-wife (Judy Greer) on "Two and a Half Men" and will appear this week on "Parks and Recreation," posted a lengthy status update encouraging good people to look evil in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."
Many people found those words comforting and sorely needed in the wake of the Boston terror attack. Oswalt's uplifting post rapidly went viral. Almost 100,000 people "liked" the post and 80,000 shared it within less than two hours after the comedian posted it.
Here is the full text of Oswalt's Facebook post:
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."
Thanks, Patton. We needed that.