When news of two explosions going off at the annual Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over one hundred bystanders, many across the nation were shocked and saddened by another senseless act occurring in our country.
However, through all the bad and graphic scenes reported on the news, many scenes of first responders acting quickly to help those injured and locals opening up their homes to those participating reminded us that in times of tragedy, our nation is quick to pull together.
Comedian/actor Patton Oswalt had one of the standout and widely circulated messages on social media following the tragic events that reminds us that no matter how bad things or people may be, the good in human kind will always prevail. Read his full Facebook posting below:
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.”
— Patton Oswalt
Following the bombings in Boston, many celebrities sent out their messages of support, especially those who once called Boston home. Below, read some of the messages of support from some famous Bostonians whose thoughts and prayers are with their hometown.
Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) April 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers with my hometown Boston today.
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) April 16, 2013
No words to describe the pain in my heart, at this moment, in seeing my city torn apart this way. So sad. Please #pray4boston & the victims.
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) April 15, 2013
When I was grieving my parents death I needed humor to alleviate my sadness. My comedian friends provided that for me as we will for Boston.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 16, 2013
thoughts and prayers are with everybody in boston. heartbreaking…
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) April 15, 2013
My love and support to the many worthy Boston area hospitals who are helping the wounded, St. E’s, Mass General, Beth Israel and many more.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) April 16, 2013
My heart and my prayers are in Boston and with everyone affected by this nightmare of an incident.
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) April 15, 2013
New Kids On The Block singer Joey McIntyre was actually running in the marathon and finished just minutes before the explosions went off.
I don’t know what to say. I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is ok. I am ok. Gonna take a while to process.
— Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) April 15, 2013