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Joel Riley

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Posted April 16th, 2013 @ 5:24am

You may know him, you may not, but an actor by the name of Patton Oswalt typed a note on Facebook yesterday that is brilliant.  Oswalt is known for being a sidekick on the tv show 'King of Queens' and the voice of the main character in 'Ratatouille'.  Anyway, here's what he wrote...

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. [...] 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."

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