Comedian and "Justified" actor Patton Oswalt's Facebook post about the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing has been shared more than 218,000 times in less than a day and offers a rare optimistic view about humanity.
At least three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and dozens of people were wounded after two explosions went off near the crowded finish line at the marathon, one of the largest in the United States. The United States government considers the incident an act of terrorism and the FBI is still investigating it.
Oswalt, a native of Virginia, wrote in his Facebook post that he remembers that after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks -- the largest in U.S. history, his reaction was, 'Well, I've had it with humanity.' Now, he say, "I was wrong."
"I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem," he said. "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."
He cites videos of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, which shows people running to help survivors.
"We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil," he wrote. "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.'"
(You can read his entire Facebook post here. Warning: Contains an expletive.)
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