Your Dislike Of Something Doesn’t Warrant Outrage

I had been reminded of the wrath of the misbelieving and misunderstanding crowd when I was reading an article presented by the other day:

I know that I am not the only one that has had it with the morally outraged crowd. I had my run ins with these people when I was a kid. They were the same ones that would call the police and attempt to right some wrong. The ill intended people would have moral outrage, expecting the police to dream up a statute or law to “gig” someone with. (This was long before the Karens of the world united).

Most of the time it was just something that someone disagreed with. (And I am discounting when people paid pastors to protest certain bands music to get publicity a la the Satanic Panic era). People couldn’t believe that someone else “could do such a thing”. Mariana Sabogal, the amateur film enthusiast responsible for the article’s reference footage, was one of these people. I even found it funny that she was empowered by a heightened sense of moral stature to tell someone that “there’s a lot of things that are legal, but they are not morally right”,

Most of the people that engage it these wholesale snitching operations or “manager calling” crying fits are nothing but people that can’t mind their own business.

And yes, we have had our fill across the political spectrum. It doesn’t matter if it was busy bodies calling the police on kids playing basketball, assholes killing a shark, or an idiot dancing.

Just because you don’t understand something (or it is outside of your world purview), doesn’t mean that it is wrong. It isn’t worth calling on armed personnel that don’t have skin in the game to decide. I don’t like a ton of things, but it doesn’t give me the right to disturb someone else’s life.

(It makes sense to ask if someone else is okay or to ask what they are up to, but to be empowered by outrage is lunacy. It shows gaps in your own life and gaps in your system of validation. It also shows that you might not be doing enough in your own life to make yourself content).

I had a dark sense of humor co-worker ask me if something was “worth getting shot over”? one time. Outside of the Golden Rule, I often think about that. The foul-smelling urban denizen in front of me at the pharmacy should take a bath and grow some communication skills, but he has a right to be a nasty ass. He has a right to look like ODB’s illegitimate child. He has the right to talk like he has marbles in his mouth. But I can choose to not have outrage and not call some authority to impose my sense of moral clout on him.

The guy isn’t technically some ne’er-do-well because he is outside of my standards. He wasn’t negating my rights and autonomy. (Joking about my nose’s rights was a different story). I had no reason to initiate force or even to bother him with a treatise on why he should smell a little bit better than an Ecuadorian whorehouse.

To end, maybe you should do something about a non-event like that. You could always walk away and stop feeling moral superiority through your generated outrage.

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2 Responses to Your Dislike Of Something Doesn’t Warrant Outrage

  1. Pingback: The Matters w/ Matt: 8-22 to 8-26 (2022) | Mogadishu Matt

  2. Roman says:

    Sharks are food. If he’s not poaching, it’s all good. If he’s poaching, it’s a problem. If I read the article correctly, he wasn’t poaching.

    But yeah, the Karen’s of the world seemed to unite in 2020. And made the world a less fun place.


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