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If you haven’t heard of outrage porn you have probably experienced it. Have you watched news that is obviously designed to make you upset? Has a friend shared a story with you with the comment “can you believe this?!” Maybe you have done this yourself; I know I have. I even own a bottle that is cheekily marketed as a receptacle for liberal lamentations. There is an entire market for outrage. In fact, you could reasonably argue that most of the market is saturated with stories like this, which is a problem.
Outrage, in itself, is not a problem. If I notice something that is morally repugnant or evil I should be outraged. The problem is when I do nothing but talk about it. When I get outraged for the sake of showing other people that I am outraged, that is just a form of virtue signaling.
I want people to know that I can acknowledge something is wrong. Or, in some cases, I just want to prove to myself that I know something is wrong. The real question is, what am I going to do about it? If the answer is just talk, then I should hold my tongue and find something better to do.
Be honest with yourself: are you like this too? I know that I am not alone, I have seen my friends do this many times; sorry guys, I’m not letting you off the hook! Please return the favor and let’s all stop it now. If I do this call me out, I’ll do the same for you. Instead of just whining about how bad something is, let’s figure out what we can do about it.
One of the most emasculating things you can do is sit around, day after day, merely talking about all of the problems you see in the world. If all you do is strategize and speculate but never execute then you are living in a fantasy world. Any child can do that. A man takes action.
Let’s be men.