Outrage Is Easy - That's Why There's So Much of It

Outrage is easy. 

Find something that rubs you the wrong way, bring it to a boil, unload all of your pent up frustrations in life at a 3rd party target, and bask in the instant gratification that it allows.

Outrage is easy because it means we don't have to learn how to get along with people who disagree with us or live their lives differently than us. We can pretend they're awful and go about our business of being moral and righteous.

Outrage is easy because it means we don't have to solve problems. There's no need to confront our own lack of answers when we can condemn somebody for just how wrong they are. 

Outrage is easy because it makes us feel good. Well-crafted outrage directed at an offensive individual gets us likes on Facebook and re-tweets on Twitter and gives us a sense of self worth. 

The current target of our group-think outrage seems to be Donald Trump. Trump suggested that in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack that we stop all Muslim immigration to the United States until we figure out what's happening. That prompted outrage from across the social media spectrum, as well as Democratic and Republican politicians.

We see the outrage directed at other groups and individuals for other issues. There's currently plenty of outrage from people on one side or the other regarding racial issues, gun laws, abortion, etc. 

So much of it is a time waste and emotional drain. Outrage has a time and place, but it's like crying wolf; it loses its effectiveness over time. Save it for something meaningful.

What we don't seem to understand is that the outrage never gets us closer to solving the problem. Outrage isn't leadership; it's an emotional reaction.

Outrage is easy, but what are we going to do to solve our problems? 

Jason Griffin is a blogger & podcaster who writes about business, media, politics & life. Keep up with latest posts by liking on Facebookfollowing on Twitter, or subscribing with RSS.