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G’night

Patton Oswalt

The Next Impulse Media crew would like to express our condolences to all the victims of the horrible tragedy that occurred during the Boston Marathon on Monday. Members of our staff were either near the blasts, or had friends and acquaintances in close proximity. They are all safe and accounted for, and for that we are truly thankful. We’d also like to recognize the heroic efforts of those who jumped in to assist in the immediate aftermath of the blasts — from police, firefighters, and paramedics, to the runners just finishing the race.

Today was a test of the human spirit, and while we saw the worst of humanity, the best humanity has to offer ultimately prevailed — and many times over. We leave you tonight with the great Patton Oswalt, who eloquently reaffirmed that triumph:

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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