Every day, horrendous acts of violence and hatred take place on this planet in every country, and it’s disheartening, to say the least. With so much destruction, it can be hard to keep faith your faith in humanity, in the heartfelt knowledge that there are still good people who want to put love and kindness into the world. But those people do exist, and in much greater number than you might think.
Comedian and all-around wonderful guy Patton Oswalt understands the fear and doubt that enters our minds when things like school shootings or marathon bombings take place, but he brings up a wonderful point in an open letter posted to his Facebook page in the wake of the Boston tragedy: if we stand together, the light will always cancel out the dark in the end.
Boston. F**king 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.”
We’re with you, Patton. And more importantly, we’re with each other. These acts of violence will not win. We will stand together and be better, stronger, and to bring light to the dark no matter how long it takes.