In honor of Patton Oswalt — when you experience hatred, look it straight away in the eye and say, “I rebuke you!”

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https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt

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Look for the helpers.

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You’ll always find people who are helping.”  

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 — Fred Rogers, on what to do when scary things are on the news

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+boston+marathon+rescuers&qpvt=images+boston+marathon+rescuers&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=E97AA0287087EE2E5ABCFA340B3568926273C3B0&selectedIndex=65

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+boston+bombing+rescuers&qpvt=images+boston+bombing+rescuers&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=2227C642D8F43FB0617178C1A2EF033C726EAB39&selectedIndex=22

 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patton-oswalt/patton-oswalt_b_3088337.html

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The Good Outnumber You And We Always Will

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Boston.  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 a while, 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 evildoers 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.”

Follow Patton Oswalt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/pattonoswalt

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http://www.businessinsider.com/inspiring-images-from-boston-2013-4

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One of the most shared messages following the bombing was this  classic from Mr. Rogers:

Oswalt followed up with this inspiring message:

Read more:  http://www.businessinsider.com/inspiring-images-from-boston-2013-4#ixzz2Qxsf5MDC

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/19/us/marathon-suspects-uncle

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(CNN) — Ruslan Tsarni angrily condemned the alleged actions of his two nephews — the two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings — and after calling the bombers “losers,” the uncle urged the surviving nephew to turn himself in immediately.

“If you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness from the victims,” Tsarni said in front of reporters in a news conference outside his Montgomery County, Maryland, home.

Hours later, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, was captured in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died after an overnight shootout with police.

The brothers come from an ethnic Chechen Muslim family, and Tsarni said the two nephews brought shame to his brother’s family. The nephews are sons of Tsarni’s brother, and Tsarni last saw his nephews in December 2005.

“You put a shame on our entire family — the Tsarnaev family — and you put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity,” Tsarni said.

When asked what provoked the bombing suspects, the uncle stated: “Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves — these are the only reasons I can imagine.

“Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake,” Tsarni said.

“Somebody radicalized them, but it’s not my brother who just moved back to Russia, who spent his life bringing bread to their table, fixing cars. He didn’t have time or chance or anything, options. He’s been working,” Tsarni said, referring to the men’s father.

Tsarni says he teaches his own children to love the United States because it gives a chance to everyone “to be treated as a human being.”

He spoke to reporters because he wanted to express condolences to the Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families, he said. Two blasts Monday killed three people and injured more than 100 gathered at the home stretch and finish line.

“We share with them their grief,” Tsarni said. “I’m ready just to meet with them. I’m ready just to bend in front of them, to kneel in front of them seeking their forgiveness.”

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