Patton Oswalt posted this message to his Facebook page yesterday and it instantly went viral. With his kind permission, it is reprinted in full here.
Boston. F!@#$%#@ 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.”
An 8-year-old boy who collapsed after being struck in the chest by a baseball over the weekend escaped death thanks to the quick action of a pair of off-duty paramedics. According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the boy, who has not been named, was hit by a pitch during a baseball game in Rohnert Park, Calif., on Saturday. “I was right behind the plate and this kid got hit in the heart with the ball,” Trenton Starrett, the 14-year-old umpire at the game, told ABC News affiliate KGO. “He went to first, he tripped once, and he got back up, and then fell again, and then he didn’t get back up.” Medical experts speculate that the child had experienced ventricular fibrillation, caused by commotio cordis (“agitation of the heart” in Latin). “It’s thought that if the ball or projectile hits his chest wall at the right spot at the right timing of the heart, it causes arrhythmia,” Dr. Nicholas Kman, associate professor of emergency medicine at the Ohio State University Medical Center, told ABC News. “This happens in a normal heart, not a structurally impaired heart.” Fortunately for the 8-year-old, Dan and Susan Farren, parents and paramedics who had been watching the game, sprung into action when they saw him crumple to the ground. The Farrens reportedly performed CPR on the boy until an emergency crew arrived with a defibrillator to kick-start his heart. The Farrens’ CPR efforts took “over for the heart and continue[d] to pump blood through his body and into his brain,” Aaron Johnson, director of the youth baseball league, told the Press DemocratAccording to a post on the baseball league’s Facebook page, the “boy regained a pulse and began breathing” after being shocked by the defibrillator. “He was quickly transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he was further stabilized and then flown to Children’s Hospital in Oakland,” the post continued. The child is now said to be in “stable” condition. “God had his hand on this kid’s heart,” Johnson told the Press Democrat, adding that the Farrens had been dubbed “heroes” by the boy’s parents.
House of the Heroes will be coming to Fremont on April 28th and will be joined by Fremont’s Last of the Wildmen, who have been featured in 95.3 WLKR’s Local Music Spot and will be fresh off their West Coast tour. Former Undeserving lead singer Clay Kirchenbauer will be joined by some of his former bandmates and former Elms and Band Perry guitarist Thom Daugherty as Clay shares some of his new songs. Attack Cat, from Cleveland and fresh from SXSW, features former Relient K drummer Dave Douglas and fantastic vocalist Rachel Hoskins. Don’t miss this great show at The Pontifex in Fremont. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by Clicking Here.
For more information on these great bands visit their websites:
House of Heroes
Last of the Wildmen
The daily lineups are now set for the three-day Rock On the Range festival taking place May 17-19 in Columbus, OH. Korn and Cheap Trick will top the bill for day-one, Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Sour are set to highlight day-two, and Soundgarden and Alice in Chains will wrap day-three festivities. For complete details, including the full lineup and ticket information, visit rockontherange.com.