When was the last time I was outraged? Oh yes, I remember, I was a real jerk during that time. I acted like a self-centered, spoiled brat who hadn’t gotten their way and was going to make sure everyone around me suffered. Looking back now, I am very embarrassed over that. I am better and stronger than that. I want to say that emotions don’t control me, at least not that one.
My moment of outrage, was brought on by a feeling of betrayal. It was personal. Or at least I took it to be personal. Was it? Was I seeing things that weren’t there? Or was what I was seeing, meant to be what I took it as? None of that matters now, only that I trust that I have moved beyond that point of being so easily injured. Especially since the entirety of my online presence saw that moment.
I think, that as humans possessing human emotions, it is not difficult to find ourselves at a point of outrage. When we think that we have been wronged in some fashion. When we feel, that we have every right to be angry, and we may. The thing here, is not to be angered to the point of losing control. (See any example of actions by a so called Karen)
We can however be outraged in a constructive manner. Wait, what? What and how? In no particular order and in no way complete:
Human indecencies. The mistreatment of any individual or group. The abuse of anyone no matter their age. The wrongs done to one who is of a different nationality, gender, faith, political belief…and any other description here.
Environmental abuse. When we take and take and take from the world around us without consideration and correction. When we clear cut mountainsides of trees or dig massive holes in landscapes. When we destroy the rain forest or dump garbage in the seas.
Animal abuse. Animals have intelligence. Animals have heart and spirit. Animals have souls. To deliberately injure or cause injury to an animal is wrong- just wrong.
I tried to mention these in a way that covers as much as possible in a few words. I tried to say, look at this and think. How did you speak to the person waiting on you at the drive up window? How did you treat them, when you had to wait? How did you treat the homeless person who was standing there, holding the sign asking for help? Don’t worry about whether they are real or a lie. don’t worry about how they will use the money. Maybe, they were put there, real or scam, to test your heart. How did you treat the child who made a little too much noise or wasn’t the cleanest? What did you do, when you saw the stray walking down the road near your home?
Outrage is an extreme emotion. It is a powerful emotion. It can control us, making us appear to be a jerk like it did me. Or it can be a very powerful tool to work toward creating a better society and life. It is our choice.