Comedian Patton Oswald Offers THE BEST Commentary On The Boston Marathon Bombing


In the wake of the horrible bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon yesterday, comedian Patton Oswald penned an amazing bit of commentary on his official Facebook profile that synthesizes what so many people have been thinking since news of this latest tragedy began to spread but might not have been able to convey. It’s easy to want to crumble in the face of senseless evil — especially when the news tends to get worse and worse — but according to Oswald, the better option is to take comfort in the knowledge that there is far more good in the world than there is evil. As difficult as it is to believe sometimes, it’s really true. Click below to read the full text of Patton Oswald’s Facebook post, I think you’ll find it heartening and uplifting.

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.”

Amen, Patton … A-Men.


  • rOXy

    Thank you for posting this (and to commenter Rebecca in the other post). I had not seen it and I desperately needed to because, as you said, I was crumbling in the face of it. But Oswald is right, and even though it doesn’t undo any of the damage, we can’t crumble because that is what evil would want us to do. We must stand against it and look it in the eye.

  • Alecia

    He expressed in such an eloquent and sweet way what I was trying so hard to say. When times like this arise, it’s hard to know exactly what to say and how to say it. Thank you for posting this Trent.

  • Iris B

    Beautiful and such a perfect thing to say.

  • ClaireMichelle

    This is so true and wonderful and exactly what people need to hear and remember right now.

  • Meghan

    Perfectly said.

  • Krissy

    This is such a great thing for him to write and share. Really profound…and true! :)

  • nikki nz

    without pain and suffering there can be no compassion

    for every good feeling there is unfortunately a negative one but there has to be that balance, that moral compass – knowing right from wrong. having something bad happen so we can appreciate and notice the good that can come from it.
    the realization that yes something awful has happened but that is always the time when people and communities come together and ignore all the crap they usually let get in the way.

    love is the strongest emotion and it will always conquer fear and hatred