We, Americans are outraged about everything, offended by everyone. Sound familiar? How about you?


June 25, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013


Sandy Hook alex jones

Real or Faux outrage? Only my agent knows for sure.

There is a lot of rage out there, here and everywhere. No longer just a term we use for our fellow drivers who cut us off (Road Rage), No, being “outraged” is well, all the rage these days.


And if you aren’t outraged by all this rage, if you aren’t perpetually in a state of being offended, well, my friend, the outrageousness of your apparent equanimity bothers me. No, that’s not quite the emotion I am supposed to feel…outraged (whew), there it is.

I’m outraged. And apparently, I have just joined a really huge club.

You see, we, Americans are apparently one big, disharmonious, dysfunctional and mostly outraged group.


First 100 days sean spicer

I will go all spicey on you reporters of fake news.


In just the past two weeks, there have been headlines and mass media reporting of actual “outrage” over;

-Outraged Jack-in-the-Box customer pulls a gun on drive-up window server who “cheated me” out of one chicken nugget.

-Outraged step-father violently pins child who accepted Fathers Day card from “real dad.”

-Outraged over Senate healthcare bill, actor Mickey Rourke renews his “pledge” to beat president Trump with a “God D&%$ baseball bat.”

-Outraged golf club members say Trump committed “unforgivable sin” of driving his golf cart onto the course green.

-Outraged Antifa leader calls for “bloodshed to all fascists.”


outrage berkeley

Do Berkeley students ever, you know, go to class?


-Outraged White House press corps “livid and outraged” over increase of off-camera briefings.

-Outraged man in Florida kills clerk who gave him wrong lottery ticket form to play.

-Outraged that she was called black and not biracial, woman beats neighbor with a pipe.

-Outraged Nancy Pelosi calls Trump’s proposal to make immigrants wait 5 years for full healthcare benefits “evil, mean and unspeakably immoral.”

-Outraged Illinois man kills pizza delivery kid who rang his doorbell by mistake, interrupted his television time.

-Outraged couple kills neighbor who deflated their ball that fell into her rose garden.

-Outraged over world news, man rams bicyclist on road with van to “blow off steam.”

You see friends, if you aren’t currently outraged about something then you just don’t belong now do you?

But herein lies the real problem;

If, we, as a people, have become a nation that is constantly outraged over everything then by definition we are not at all.

Put another way, if everything causes us rage then nothing does.



If it’s a war then people must die, right?


I wrote a recent “Daily Growl” on the need for leaders on both sides of the political aisle to dial the overheated political rhetoric down. Way down. Especially in the wake of the Arlington, VA shooting what we need is more conciliatory words and less words and phrases that immediately escalate every emotional reaction from “0 to outraged” with nothing in between.

And choosing to not be “outraged” over everything and choosing to not be “offended” by everything is a choice that goes a long way to dissipating the rage in the room and maybe, just maybe, avoiding the apparent need to “blow off steam” by killing innocent people.

There are certainly a whole lot of events daily that can impact our moods and our actions, positively and certainly, negatively.


superbowl minions

Hard to be outraged when you spend most of your time laughing.


For example, I do not know Otto Warmbier personally but his story and his death at such a young age by the hands of his N. Korean captors is to me, tragic. I hope we learn and at least in the short-run simply not allow any such student groups to visit that prison-camp of a country under any circumstance, and for any reason.


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No, this young man did not “get what he deserved.”


But I am going to choose to not be outraged because I find for me at least, when I am outraged, truly and furiously outraged, I simply am not in a state of mind that helps me be creative, caring, problem-solving and smart.

Sure, sometimes, in real life or death situations, being outraged helps us take the kind of almost primitive action to survive. Kind of like when our ancestors had to run or fight real saber tooth tigers.

But today? In an age when virtually everyone carries a gun or has rapid access to a weapon?

Is our national and collective “outrage” helping us all solve our collective problems and find answers to the very real threats we all share in needing to confront constructively?  Or is our rage, real or manufactured simply driving us to make a lot of really stupid, tragic and regrettable decisions?

Therapists and counselors tell us that constantly being in a state of “rage” can be harmful and can cause us long-term mental and physical ailments.

Geez, who needs all that?

Me, I’ll try and reserve my “rage rights” for something truly worth it. There are lots of other emotions at my and your disposal. So, while I am not encouraging us to be a nation of “zombies” I am asking us all to consider the benefits of doing two things;

  1. Dial down the overheated political rhetoric and,
  2. Choose not to be outraged and offended by everyone and everything

Your life may just depend on it. And mine.





36 thoughts on “We, Americans are outraged about everything, offended by everyone. Sound familiar? How about you?

  1. Raymond L Pheris says:

    I feel that the increased feelings of outrage stem from the platform of social media combined with the bias and negativity shown in reporting by the mainstream media. Any incident of even a trivial nature seems to be inflamed by media reports, which are then posted and commented on through social media, creating an echo chamber of negativity and anger. “Triggered” has become the common nomenclature for these outraged people, and with people as polarized in their beliefs as they seem to be today, both sides of an issue can become outraged over the same story or incident.

  2. L. James says:

    Outrage is what we are exposed to daily, so what do we expect. We don’t know how to communicate or express our emotions without the tone of rage because we are emulating what we see on TV and hear on the radio. We are inundated by mainstream media, social media, reality TV (everyone is outraged on these “non-scripted” shows). We have 24-hour access to news feeds, political pundits, and whatever pops into someone’s head via twitter. Civility has gone by the way side along with face-to-face conversations and eating dinner at the table. We used to learn how to be civil from our family during day-to-day interactions and we would hone the art of conversation through actual conversations. Now we express ourselves in short bursts via twitter and text.

    • Great points. Apparently, “outrage” sells and brings in ratings. I long for the day when that (outrage) is rejected in favor of civility. I may be pining for a long time.

    • Candice H says:

      I think you are right, James. We live within a mindset of immediate gratification. I can say what I want, when I want to because we now have the platforms to do so – and on top of that, I want people to like and comment on my online rants – #trending! It’s pretty shocking, actually, to log into Twitter or Facebook and see the disgustingly harsh words people choose to include in their 140-character comments. It’s as if our society has lost all filters and forgotten that golden rule of, “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

      Although I agree with you that today’s media fuels the fire and we as a society feed into the outrage, I think we have it in us to shake it. Look at the media coverage of the latest Las Vegas shootings. In those following weeks, we saw countless news stories and social media posts of people coming together. In that brief moment of horror, people forgot all their petty issues. They forgot about people’s skin color and political views, and they helped one another. It’s unfortunate that it takes horrible, traumatic events for people to unite but it gives me hope. Those short glimpses of civility and love ignite an optimism in me that I try to hold on to tightly.

      I realize this feeling is fleeting but it doesn’t have to be. Just as we have chosen to embrace outrage, I truly believe we can also choose peace.

  3. Bettina says:

    If I were an artist, I would view outrage as an abstract expression that could be ignored by those who fancy art. But, I am no artist. And, well, I think we are painting a dangerous canvas with what I call “outrage 2.0”. I guess I’ll share my wishful thinking… That being said, in my corner of the world I would like outrage to be more than one call, text or email (embodying a civil tone) to a local leader to voice opposition to a bill on the table. I would like outrage to be the extra effort made by citizens to vote in each and every election. Instead, I find the outrage we are witnessing today to be one that makes it dangerous to express personal views outside of the home.
    In my opinion, social media has been the game changer… It gave outrage wings… And, boy oh boy, rage has certainly taken flight.

  4. Jonathan Klusmeyer says:

    I agree with Raymond on the fact that we are growingly expressing our “outrage” on social media, which fuels the fire. The other day, however, I saw a very positive post on Facebook that I feel applies here. The post said, “Allow yourself to forgive others. If you do not, you are basically allowing them to live rent-free in your mind.” Easier said than done, but the ability to do so is very healthy.
    I felt similar to you in regards to our “outraged” society, but recently I received some good perspective on the matter. A few weeks ago, I went out to dinner with one of my seasoned Non-commissioned officers in the Guard. On the civilian side, he is a member of a SWAT team. He deals with the worst of the worst on a daily basis. I was describing to him my bleak view of society today, and how my perceptions have often changed my state of mind from pragmatism to pessimism. He asked me what was driving this view of society, and it basically boiled down to social media and the media. Once we went through several layers to get to this conclusion, he asked me how much of this negativity I experience in my daily life when I am interacting with actual humans face-to-face…the answer was very little.
    So it turns out that I was allowing emotions to be controlled by others, others who really had nothing to do with how I live my life. I was allowing myself to be emotionally controlled. The answer was simple; don’t buy-in to someone else’s truth. Look around you at the people you truly know and who truly care about you, and then assess the situation. Turns out the only rage I feel on a day-to-day basis is when someone goes barreling down my neighborhood street almost hitting children…or equally towards parents who allow their children to play in the street when they are well aware that people barrel through our neighborhood.

    • Michael Rose says:

      Great post. I agree with your assessment and am glad you have found a way to reframe your thinking on outrage. Where the problem comes in is that those who really need to reframe their thinking are those who will be the last to do so – because of the outrage. I live daily in a different world. As law enforcement, like your NCO, I see the world many people don’t – and wouldn’t want to. Everything LE does is under a microscope now. Everything we do is because we are power hungry, jack-booted thugs or just because we are just pure racists or, in the case of minority officers, sell-outs and Uncle Toms. I challenge you to find a profession other than LE where when a complaint is filed, it is assumed valid and truthful until proven otherwise and the subject of the complaint is guilty until proven innocent. I can elaborate if needed, but this is how the system is.

      Public officials and administrators have fallen into the outrage mentality and enabled it. There is such a quick jump to action when someone claims they are outrage because they have been wronged. In reality, the politicians and administrators are only protecting themselves from being the next target of the outrage. The fact that an unwarranted sense of entitlement fuels a large amount of the outrage is irrelevant to them. It is easier to cower to the outrage than to address the misguided entitlement that causes it.

  5. Clint Backstrom says:

    I think rage is what sells. We are far from the times of news being actual news. Today news outlets lean one way or another politically and must sell their side over reporting the events as they happen. When someone or something is “raged” it gets attention, or used to at least. Today it seems the overuse of rage is truly making us not enraged at all, as you pointed out. Sadly it is becoming okay to be enraged. People will lash out of minor things because tht is what they see on TV and social media. Kids see their parents do it and they think that as long as you’re mad it is justified. People should learn to process emotions in constructive ways.

  6. Rhonda Render says:

    No matter where you go or what you do people seem to be waiting for something or someone to inflame them. People are wearing every emotion on their shoulders waiting for someone to shake it off. You just don’t know what causes a person to go from 0 to outrage in seconds. Often times when I witness the instant ” outrage” of someone over trivial things, I am in shock. I agree with the other comments. Social media does its part to incite people to outrageous behavior. But it is still a choice. Sometimes the choice means life or death.

  7. Scott Blount says:

    Well, I have to say, I sincerely wish people could adhere to the plea in this blog. I know that people usually counter assertions that there is a lot more death and destruction in the world today with “not really, we just have 24 hour news coverage with internet, etc.” I don’t buy it. I know the blog is primarily about the rage and hypersensitive state that many of our fellow Americans perpetually walk around with, but this type of anger is prevalent around the world. I actually call this type of anger “misery of the soul.” I guess it would be politically incorrect to say we have too many “nuts” walking the earth these days, but at the very least, we have far too many emotionally fragile folks among us. I’m sure psychologists have a field day providing explanations of why this is so. I’m sure some of it is legitimate emotional/mental illness (hey, when you shoot someone over some of the minor slights listed in the blog, you aren’t operating with a full deck). However, I think we-especially in this country-are a people who are too self-absorbed. We lack perspective. Again, I’m not talking about the type of perspective that lets you know that getting shorted one chicken nugget isn’t worth going to prison for. People like that need to be in a jail cell and separated from society. Turn on the news and look at the suffering going on around the world. Look at the displaced men, women, and children who flee wars. Look at the poverty that exists in our own country. At the end of the day, this is a generational problem in my opinion. I know some “millennials” take exception to being called the snowflake generation, but many of those who are so emotionally fragile didn’t get that way due to DNA and chemical imbalances. This fragility, anger, and lack of perspective is passed down.

    • Well put Scott. This is mostly a learned behavior isn’t it?

      • Scott Blount says:

        I truly believe it is a learned behavior, a learned response to a world that can be cruel, unjust, etc., and definitely a world that doesn’t coddle and reaffirm. Things are out of whack today…people need thicker skin in 2017, not thinner.

  8. Gina says:

    I think Americans have become outraged because today anybody can say and do whatever they want despite how their words will impact others. Because our media continuously force feeds us the most heinous and outlandish things, I believe we have become addicted to being outraged. We wait on pins and needles to see the outcome of a verdict of guilt or innocence so that we can be outraged by the “NOT GUILTY” we already expected.
    Although I agree we should temper how we feel, I am annoyed that we have moved from a society of “political correctness” to “no filter necessary.” I am outraged that our Country has become a mockery because our current leader does not always act or tweet “Presidential. I am outraged that people refuse to pray for the current Administration but continue to Praise the former Administration as though it had no flaws. We look bad as a nation because we are a country divided. Some would argue we have always been divided. I won’t disagree, but I will say that before now, we didn’t willfully expose our wounds to others nor did we pour salt in our own wound just to irritate that part of the body. I will work to temper my outrage, but I also hope we learn to temper what we say.

  9. Glen A. Haas says:

    Maybe outrage is fashionable, or thought necessary to promote the (seemingly) appropriate response to some issue? Today it doesn’t seem sufficient to say, “yes, that’s concerning.” Or worse, “That is concerning, but maybe there is an other side, or more to the story I am not privy to.” Without sufficient morale outrage, how can one be accepted by the current in-group?

    There seems to be little value today in having wisdom, patience, or even self-control. Our politicians are not shining examples of these virtues and the benefits are hardly noticed. The politician, celebrity, or business leader demonstrating these principles will be overshadowed by the boisterous and outraged simply because it’s more sensational and there’s more entertainment value.

    Until there is a shift towards valuing and rewarding prudence and circumspection, the loudest, most offended, and most outraged will be rewarded with greater attention. This dramatic and audacious behavior should be viewed in its proper context; like a child’s temper tantrum. We
    shake our heads and think, “How embarrassing, but they don’t know any better.”

  10. Ebony Bowles says:

    I agree. Americans have been angry and outraged for quite some time now. The easiest thing you can do these days is make someone angry. While some causes of anger are legitimate, there has been a spike in cases that aren’t. Most of the time it is what we are seeing and hearing from others or through social media that is making us angry. Maybe that outrage should be transformed into something positive. People spend so much time being angry about an issue but dedicate no time in trying to fix it.

  11. Tayo Sowemimo says:

    The role of social media in promoting “outrage” is significant and most of the comments have alluded to that fact. The end result of the outrage is increasing polarization of the country, unbelievable level of partisanship, and breakdown of trust among citizens. I totally agree there can be a “collective outrage” to solve issues like the national debts, illegal immigration and healthcare among others.

  12. Curtis Jones III says:

    I totally agree that we are living in a very “outragish” era, where every move, whether it is seen as “small” or “great” in perspective is being blown up into rage and public outcry. Which the media definitely plays a significant role in promoting outrage. However, sometimes outrage is the only catapult to change, which often commands a response from leadership. This no different from the different eras of our past. Civil Rights movement, Women’s Rights, Police Brutality are few to name that needed the attention and unfortunately the outrage in order to get the attention that it needed in order for change to transpire. It is true that we are living in a more sensitive and delicate state than this current generation is used to but I do not see it as being any different from the 60’s and 70’s. There was a time where laws and culture silenced people, but not everyone has a voice and everyone wants to protect their feelings and views.

  13. Joe Pennino says:

    There certainly is a lot of outrage in today’s society. It seems the nation is still outraged by the election of the current president, and nearly every tweet he sends or every thing that he does or doesn’t do. While much of this may sound like hyperbole and not “real” outrage, there have been many instances of violence and death as a result. Perhaps one of the truest sentiments in this article is that “If you are outraged by everything, then you aren’t really outraged by anything at all.” Everyone, especially the media, should calm down and stop exacerbating the issue. Social media has become an impersonal medium for people to spread hate and say things they wouldn’t dare say to each other in person. I would dare say that we as Americans have far more to feel grateful about then we have to be “outraged” over.

  14. Tim Hallmark says:

    As I have heard it said, outrage is the new national past time. I truly blame it on social media. To me it is a sad state of affairs in our nation when the death of an African Lion gets more publicity and more attention than the state of our health care systems. Every day I open up the yahoo website to see who has been offended or who is apologizing for something today. It has become a guilty pleasure of mine to skip the stupid and usually poorly written article and go straight to the comment section. Listening to the opinions of the people that post to these websites is truly interesting. My guess is that most of them feel safe writing their opinions behind a keyboard, but most will either never state their opinions out loud and probably fewer express their opinions by casting a ballot in elections.

    To me it is crazy, social media gives everyone a voice, which means that there is a likelihood that most will get heard. Unfortunately, I find that most are not worth hearing, and it gets very draining listening to all of the outrage on a daily basis. In reading about the newest outrage, I generally feel that I am becoming the grump old man that gripes about everything, but the way the nation is going I guess that would place me in the general population.

  15. Aaron W says:

    Why must everyone be in an outrage? You are not in a good state in an outrage. This is part of the problem with America. I hate the fact that people can carry guns and have a right to bear arms. I guess it doesn’t help that social media make things so much worst than they really are. What is the world coming to?

  16. Laura D. says:

    People are so outraged because they are too easily offended. It will only get worse as the younger generations get older, unless they are taught and shown the proper way to act. We are inundated with “outrage” daily. It’s broadcasted on the news, social media, and reality TV. As mentioned in the blog, it’s not healthy for any of us. Anger and rage can lead to high blood pressure, and can have a trickle effect for diseases. We, as a society, need to calm down and take a deep breath more often.

  17. Sarah Matta says:

    I completely agree with the comments about expressing outrages on social media. Honestly, I get upset when I see this because I just do not understand the need to cause such a scene. But then again, they are trying to get attention after all. I think about kids who are throwing a fit because they really want something. They get so mad and act out, and a lot of times parents are now giving into the children which is just teaching that these outrages are appropriate ways to act.

  18. Ashley Crews says:

    My self and a few of my friends decide to not be “outraged” over everything. Often times we are very indifferent, as many things are out of our control. I need to point out that we are a diverse group of friends. We do not come from the same cultural backgrounds or share the same race. However, we enjoy each other’s company because we can have intelligent conversations without being offended. We can talk about all this nonsense in the media without an ounce of “rage”. We often find ourselves asking each other “why? Why do people behave these way? Why are they so angry? Why do they think this behavior is going to resolve anything?”

    I’m hardly going to be angry because someone called me a name or doesn’t like me for whatever reason. At those times I return to childhood with an “I am rubber and you are glue” mindset. Their hate or rage-filled words and behaviors say much more about them than it does about me and my friends.

  19. Diane M. B. says:

    Generation Snowflake has become a popular nickname to describe the group of young adults who find offence in everything. News reports have frequently shown crying, screaming, young adults on college campuses expressing their displeasure over the latest ‘offensive’ event that causes them intense distress. One would expect these issues to be horrible injustices against human rights but often a very minor event or something not intended to be offensive has angered a large group of students. They seem emotionally unprepared for understanding dissenting opinions or viewpoints. Their opinion and feelings are elevated in importance above all others. College campuses should not condone this behavior by giving in to student demands on such minor issues. These concessions further encourage their behavior. Students should be counseled on understanding other world views and be tolerant of individual differences and opinions.

  20. Lucas E says:

    I love America, and I’m a proud American. I would dare say that I am a patriot, but I do pull for the Falcons. All Americans and other residents of countries with free speech need two remember one basic principle. My right to free speech gives you the right to be offended. Furthermore, bitterness drys the bones. Life is too short. We have to cut out the drama.

    I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most sensitive or compassionate person in the world. I don’t think that makes me a bad person. I just happen to be laid back and emotionally stunted. Unlike Ron, I have never be accused of having the emotional range of a teaspoon, but I think I have been told something close to that effect.

    I agree there are moments where we can be legitimately outraged. I do think it can be a healthy emotional response. Public outrage has helped spur great change. But the change occurs when calm heads prevail.

    We all make mistakes. We can also make amends. Here is hoping that calm heads prevail, and that we remember the golden rule. Do on to others as you would like to be done to you. We must always be civil and respect the options of others, especially when they lack brilliance.

    Safe the outrage for issues that are truly outrageous. My final tip, get off of Facebook and social media. Hypersensitivity is not the solution; it’s the problem.

  21. Daniel T says:

    I’m not convinced that the level of rage and violence in society is actually getting worse, I think we just take it out and examine it more and it is less socially acceptable. Few of our ancestors came to this country because they were doing so well where they came from. To quote John Winger from Stripes “… We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts!…”

    We’ve been fighting ever since we arrived. People had often socially acceptable ways to vent their impulses. We waged what amounted to a war of extermination against the Native Americans. We fought the British twice, the Mexicans, the Spanish, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, not to mention a Civil War.

    There were also the violent outlets that were outside official sanction. The third Vice President of the US shot the first Treasury Secretary in an honor killing, there was the Whiskey Rebellion, Range Wars in the West, gunfights and violence on a regular basis, lynchings and bombings in the South to defeat the Civil Rights protests. In a region described as Greater Appalachia, criminal punishments were often greater for property crimes that killing someone. The “he needed killing” defense was often adequate for an acquittal. In one10 year period, John and Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and George Wallace were all shot, George Wallace was the only one to survive and he was paralyzed from the waist down. It was over 20 years ago that a man was so outraged at the actions of the federal government in Waco, TX that he blew up a federal building in Oklahoma City, OK.

    Our society has always been soaked in outrage, weapons, and violence. 24 hour news coverage and the internet give it move coverage–but only the quantity of coverage and the quality of the pictures is new; the old newspaper saying was if it bleeds it leads. The one thing that I can’t wrap my head around is school shootings.

    I do agree that as individuals we need to do more to control the rage in our own lives. We only have an illusion of control. When I combine this illusion of control that is combined with this feeling that I’m the center of the universe and that whatever others do is clearly aimed at me and that I have the right to whatever I desire. Therefore I have the right to do whatever I think will make me happy. While I can influence events and people by my words and actions, the only things that I really control are my attitude, my focus, and level of work.

    The answer is simple, not to say easy, it requires a heart change. It requires actually living out your religious values, respecting and caring for other, and not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. We need to forgive. Fundamentally, we need to love others and use things rather than using the people in our lives and loving the things that we own (or that own us). Unfortunately, I can only work on myself and I while I see the root causes of the problems in of my life (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth) clearly, I still need a great deal of work.

  22. James M S says:

    The love is not thick in America. It seems like today everybody is offensive and you can’t even joke around with someone without them getting offended. Which I think is absurd, America is getting to light due to “individuals wearing their feelings on their shoulders”. I mean come on with some of the examples listed above, they didn’t call for those extreme measures. But due to the daily grind or fast pace world individuals are constantly on edge. Then the media gets a hold of these incidences and runs with them to broadcast it out. Wither facts based or opinion base, the media really doesn’t care as long as their rating strong. People sometimes need to take a “chill pill” and step back and think. Instead they react instead of respond as situations are minimum and shouldn’t go to the extreme.

    Media along with individuals being over stressed for whatever reason is the cause. From this arises anger which cause these situations to happen. As in the big pictures they don’t amount to anything. But more anger than peace is coming out of these individuals which escalates these situation to the examples above. The love needs to get thick again in America reducing the anger and allowing our skin to get thicker also. Come on, kill someone over deflating their ball. As this should be a wake up call that life has way more importance than some of the situation listed in the blog. The world is changing buts its not looking good.

  23. James H says:

    I think there are some great points in this that many people need to see. The main ideas of not being so quick to violence and basically mellowing out are very important. I personally do my best to keep a calm and cool head and work things through in situations. I think the problem is that so many people don’t have the slow reaction but straight to rage, as it is put, that things escalate far to fast. I get very upset at people who drive too slow or pull out in front of me and go slow when I’m trying to get somewhere but then think, maybe I should slow down and consider why I am mad or think of why this person might be going slow.

    Often there are reasons for why people do what they do and, while they do not always make sense to us, they make sense to the person, at least at the time. Sometimes people do not think properly through a situation and react. I often think of the changes that come from the ability to say what we want, when we want, about who or whatever we want with no filter at times on social media. I think if people would think twice before posting some of the things they do, we would have many less issues. I often think of the movie “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and how people were writing things about them behind the safety of their computers but in the end, Jay and Silent Bob made enough money to fly to each person’s house and beat them up for what they said about them online. If people had to face the people they say things about like what used to happen before the internet rather than saying it and never facing the person, I think there would be a lot less escalation of many issues… that or there would be a lot more fights because they would be right in front of the person when it is said and it would be a go then rather than letting cooler heads prevail over a misunderstanding.

    I think the quick to anger issue is more of the problem for so many people but if we could all just follow the Golden Rule and treat others as we wish to be treated as well as remember James 1:19 “My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger” then we could have a lot less violence and rage in society.

  24. D.Breland says:

    I agree. People are just so angry. I don’t know if it is because our society is all about instant gratification, so people are easily upset when things don’t go there way. I believe a lot of people are just angry and share their anger for attention. We live in a society where outrageous behavior being conducted on behalf of our entertainment in praise. Conflict and controversy make money.
    The significant point is that when a person is upset, they don’t make right decisions. I think the problem here is that people often confuse anger with passion. They are just NOT the same.

  25. TS says:

    Through my experience working on a college campus, I feel this problem will only get worse. It seems like no matter how minor the issue, these young adults get worked up in to a frenzy. We constantly have some kind of rally, protest, etc on campus, usually involving a head spokesman telling the others they should be outraged. Like you said in your blog, that level of anger only clouds judgment and allows for bad things to happen. If only…
    Great blog, enjoy your point of view!

  26. Jenny K. says:

    Very well stated. Rage is an emotion that should be used in scarcity. It should not be our first response to everything.

    This is another one of those issues where the idea that it begins with us would make a huge impact. Openly stating: I will not be outraged by x, I will be upset or saddened but not outraged.
    Profits are what makes the rules and sets our level of rage. As individuals we could change the way news is delivered. We could change the way we speak with family, stranger, coworkers, and friends. Sit down and have dinner with your family. Put away electronics for an hour and go outside. Communicate not by text but by actually talking. Be willing to show empathy and learn about the “other” side of the story. We are not dual thinkers so why is everything divided into two camps????

  27. Mike H. says:

    I am not entirely sure that the perceived increase in outrage is anything new. It seems to me that it has been a while since senators were caning each other on the floor or their chamber and even longer still since politicians were shooting each other over perceived slights of honor. There was no twitter when Preston Brooks decided to cane Charles Sumner but the outrage was there regardless. I don’t think that technology is to blame for anything other than making seeing said outrage a little easier for the average person. I am not terribly old, but have lived a little while and our current situation does not seem much different now from what was going on in the 1990s or perhaps even more accurately the 1960s. I have run across countless sources bemoaning the unnecessary outrage of anti-vietnam protests or the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Its nothing new under the sun for me. Please feel free to not participate in outrage, but we can’t act like its something new. Its been a part of human nature for a long time before we discovered it.

  28. Randall H says:

    Excellent article and articulation of something that my wife and I talk about far too often!

    I often wonder what our nation will look like in the next several decades and, with how generally unhappy the nation seems at the moment, this thought scares me.

    However, when the author states, “I wrote a recent “Daily Growl” on the need for leaders on both sides of the political aisle to dial the overheated political rhetoric down. Way down. Especially in the wake of the Arlington, VA shooting what we need is more conciliatory words and less words and phrases that immediately escalate every emotional reaction from “0 to outraged” with nothing in between,” I am given HOPE!

    There are far too few people who truly recognize the issue and see it as a whole. We, as a nation, have been consumed by cell phones, big news stories, and drama. Today, if someone isn’t outraged, we don’t pay attention. If you’re by a tv, turn on the first news station that’s not local. I can almost guarantee that the topic will put your evening in a state of depression. Good news = lose.

    We no longer want news, we want someone to gossip about. We want an angry article to share that all of our like-minded friends can comment, like, and share also.

    We, as a nation, have to turn the dial down in the rage, expect our government leaders to be civil and work together, and demand more action from less hostile emotion. As my grandmother always says (and I think most every grandmother…), “you get more with sugar than salt.”

    We need me sugar!

    Great read, great comments.

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