Overheard aroundtown 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. – Comedian-actor Patton Oswalt on his blog the day after the Boston Marathon bombing. If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that [Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick] described, the values that make us who we are as Americans, well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. – President Obama, speaking at an interfaith service inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on April 18.