Tuesday, April 16, 2013

“The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

I can't believe that I am again sitting in front of my computer thinking about the best way to address a tragedy. Yesterday was a tough day in general. Work made it start that way (hence, the Monday Quotable). Then, the rest of the day was an exercise in perspective--not the least of which came from the tragic events in Boston. A great friend of ours was running yesterday and several of our other friends were at the finish line to cheer her on. I am so thankful none of them were hurt. At the same time, I am horrified by what happened and devastated for the families of the injured and deceased. I am at a loss for words. What I will share instead is Patton Oswalt's reaction to the tragedy because, truthfully, I couldn't have said it better.


Boston. Fucking 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.”

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