Patton Oswalt

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Patton Oswalt was appalled by the dual bombings that occurred Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon.

In posts on his Twitter and Facebook page that have subsequently gone viral, the comic and actor offered a poignant reminder that tragedy often brings out the best in people, even quoting from late children's television host Mister Rogers.

"'Look for the helpers. You'll always find people who are helping,' — Fred Rogers, on what to do when scary things are on the news," Oswalt tweeted.


Then echoing Rogers' good advice with a Facebook message, the comic recalled how after 9-11 he "had it with humanity," only to come to the realization that he 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," wrote Oswalt. "You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out."

Asserting that every so often the wiring of a "tiny sliver" of the human species is "pointed towards darkness," Patton argued that such folks are much more the exception than the rule.

"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," he added.

The Young Adult star ended his post by urging people to remember there's a lot more good in the world than evil (for the full Facebook post, click here).

Meanwhile, as federal investigators work to bring whoever was behind the bombings to justice, President Barack Obama spoke again today about the nature of the explosions, calling them an "act of terrorism" for the first time.

He also acknowledged that authorities are still unclear about what motivated the horrific act.

"What we don't yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual," said the commander in chief in remarks from the White House. 

He continued: "Clearly we're at the beginning of our investigation. It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened, but we will find out. We will find out whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice."

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