“Present-day American culture gives a lot of voice to anger and outrage, all the while being afraid of it.”

Our culture has a lot of knee-jerk anger, righteous angry, religious anger, and indignant anger. While anger has its place, it also can be very unproductive. Wellokaythen thinks it’s because of our news cycles and political culture which encourages people to be full of stubborn rage.

This is a comment by wellokaythen on the post “The Sensitive But Angry Man“.

wellokaythen said:

I think one factor at work here is the political culture in the U.S. today, which encourages righteous indignation. The people who get the most attention are the people who are outraged, and the more people who act outraged the bigger the story is. A happy news story without anyone outraged is just not going to make the lead story. In our coverage of events, in our working lives, and in our private lives, the angry people get the most attention. A little whining just doesn’t cut it anymore. An attempt to examine pros and cons just bores everybody. Contentment just can’t hold our interest. Anger brings attention and entitlement, so why would anyone give it up?

Possibly this is because there are many of us who just can’t stand it if someone else is unhappy. Everyone needs to be happy in an ideal society. If you’re angry, that means you’re unhappy, so something is wrong, so I need to fix it. If someone is mad or offended, that means society has done something wrong to that person, and social justice must prevail. Present-day American culture gives a lot of voice to anger and outrage, all the while being afraid of it.

There are many valid reasons to be angry at the current state of affairs. That doesn’t mean all the expressions of anger are equally important. Every bit of anger has a cause, but that doesn’t mean anyone is supposed to fix “the problem.”

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  1. The idea that the squeaky hinge gets oiled is not just an attention getting device that all humans use. All people simply do not behave that way. Many are patient, kind and reserved about their needs in relation to those of others.
    In American society, by purposeful design, there is a hierarchy of need based upon the structure of government. For instance, the needs of minorities have been taken care of last because of how the laws were written in America.Our government is designed to divide citizens in to special interests groups who, through various means such as- lobbying the government for redress-all must clamor loudly and or pay money to be heard. It is called factionalism and Madison spoke of it Federalist Papers #10. The Constitutions guarantees everyone has the right to petition the government if they feel they were wronged. So, politics does shape and order what we find important and who we think is serving of help or deserving to be heard. Once the hierarchy is established-human nature takes over and people become selfish protecting their own turf first and foremost. This is why feminism is a woman’s movement and is resistant to change and why labor sticks together, and the AMA and so forth. From an historical,vantage point, the anger we see in contemporary politics pales in comparison to the past and its not even close.

  2. ****”If you’re angry, that means you’re unhappy, so something is wrong, so I need to fix it. If someone is mad or offended, that means society has done something wrong to that person, and social justice must prevail.”****

    Ummmmm. You ever think it might not be about the individual. That the source of outrage might be for our nation’s child-safety, unborn, chemical pollutants in our water, voter fraud?… I look at these issues as urget as a burning building

    Step away from the modern mirror for a while and you might see that there actually issues that impassion and motivate people for things other than their own self centered arse.

  3. Wow! This blog looks just like my old one!

    It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

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