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Things we can do without in 2016 – The outrage culture

December 28, 2015

It’s trendy to be selectively outraged, particularly among celebrities, but there’s a New Year’s solution for that.

For instance, Cornell University is concerned about only permitting “inclusive holiday displays” to foster cultural sensitivity.  Of course the only displays that seem to be politically correct are the ones that don’t mention or portray anything about Christian traditions, but what the heck…it’s something to be outraged about.

Here’s a thought.  Let’s do away with all the holidays. All they do in today’s world is to give a large number of regressively evolving pea-brained primates an excuse to be outraged and allow other similar life forms  an excuse to get paid for staying at home doing nothing except being outraged.

We certainly don’t need to celebrate national holidays, like the Fourth of July, Columbus Day or some dead president’s birthday. The first two are  an excuse for certain groups to be outraged over our national history, and the latter provides a perfect platform to trot out the banner of outrage over some real or imagined character flaw of said long dead presidents that has supposedly warped our collective DNA.

In this world of selective outrage, we can celebrate the free speech right of a French magazine to print political cartoons without dying for the privilege, but we rail against our own publications when they do the same thing.

We can obsess over the destruction of centuries-old documents and monuments that portray history in the Middle East, but we seem to have developed a national need to dismantle our own historical displays because they outrage us.

It’s trendy to be outraged that we do not do “enough” to feed, clothe and transport the people that live in poor conditions overseas here, but not so trendy to treat our own sick, shelter our own homeless and displaced, and feed our own 48.1 million hungry citizens.

We can recognize a “war” on women, which may well qualify for the title of the longest war in history,  but can’t muster the national will to properly apply that term to a far more deadly threat because we are too busy being outraged over the ways and means used to defeat it.

In fact, with a large enough Federal grant or bestowal of billionaire munificence, it could probably be objectively proven that the product of the evolution of human society has been to refine our brains to be outraged.

Supposedly one of the differences between homo sapiens and the other lesser species of life forms is that we have large brains and opposable thumbs.

Interestingly, while the world isn’t flat, apparently the highest and best use of those digits is to be able to text  our outrage on a tiny flat plastic brain substitute.

Outrage is the “in” thing, the trending topic, and the greatest marketing tool ever created for supposedly socially conscious billionaire business owners to make more billions selling us more tiny flat plastic brains.

Perhaps we could eschew outrage in favor of solutions in the next year.

We could, but we probably won’t. If we did, what in the world would we tweet about?

From → op-ed

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