May 13, 2013

The Good Outnumber You

Shit has happened since I last came up for air. Sure, I've been around but between Disney and work and breaking feet it's been all I can do to keep my head above water lately. But surely you knew that since my five-day-a-week posting dwindled.

Like I said, shit has happened.

North Korea. Boston. The Castro Kidnappings. The Arias verdict. I got down for a while. And then, I read this from one of my favorite people and former neighbor Patton Oswalt*.

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."

It's true, you know. The good outnumber the bad. They always will. And knowing that helps.

* Also, I watched Young Adult this weekend. Patton goes toe to toe with Charlize Theron and single-handedly made the movie.

Posted by Chris at May 13, 2013 7:30 AM

"We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago."

I like that. I'm going to try to remember that.

Posted by: Fraulein N at May 13, 2013 1:59 PM

I gotta ask, Chris--if Oswalt can be horrified by a bomb, how can he find domestic violence and rape to be so funny?

Posted by: alektra at May 13, 2013 2:48 PM

I try and remember this every day. Some days it's easy, others not so much.

Posted by: That Girl at May 13, 2013 6:55 PM