This isn’t aimed at anyone in particular and it isn’t meant as an attack on those of you who have expressed sincere outrage online about past or current events. It’s just something that I have been thinking and worrying about lately.
In a world of billions of people, there are far more atrocious things happening at any given moment than the human mind can possibly comprehend and deal with. At the same time, we are very bad at evaluating proportion, cost, and cause and effect.
We tend to choose to be outraged about certain atrocities while ignoring many, many others. Often our outrage is directed and manipulated by news, propaganda, or circumstances. Every few weeks, or even every few days, there is a new trending topic about which everyone must be outraged and about which everyone must comment publicly through social media. Continue reading