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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Case of Outrage to Hide Guilt And Other Such Feelings

Updated on March 10, 2017

Another day begins well.

Wait a second that is a sunset. Come to think of it, it is just a matter of perception.
Wait a second that is a sunset. Come to think of it, it is just a matter of perception. | Source

Is outrage even a natural feeling?

“Look at me, I am outraged and angry and hateful about ….” This has become Tom foolery. How do we know what I say is true? Because the outrage is about something that may or may not happen. So the wonderful doting mother walks her son to school and scolds and berates him at the classroom door because he might act out today. Perhaps the boy even suggests that he will. This is what is going on in today’s world.

It is good and noble to plan and be active in helping to direct proper behavior to avoid problems in the future. It is wise and caring to prevent future catastrophe. There is no doubt to these truths. Even the outcast in India tucks a bit away for events that may occur. Saving and preventing are good. So our issue comes straight to the forefront. I am sorry for some of you but in fact we cannot lock a man away or execute him for thinking about premeditatedly lying in wait to kill his wife. How do we deal with perceived wrongs in the future? I believe the foregoing is accurate. We do things like plan and advocate and take action to prepare. But we do not berate the boy before his day has even begun.

Too much today we listen to Chicken Little. We then do nothing to avert that sky from falling and so we attack someone or group to rid ourselves of the guilt for not acting right. The wonderful notion of confession and repenting and taking action is replaced by exhibiting Peacock or outrage to assuage our guilt for not working to get things right. This is so interesting. My wife comes home from work and we get 15 minutes of outrage at the state of the home. It ain’t about the home it is about her guilt for not being there more to take care. So we see it and adjust. Like I said about 15 minutes and that is no big deal. This outrage deal is not limited to any and I mean any group or type of person.

Now this one is for sure a sunrise.

For me.
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Out there.

If I go to outrage as my normal reaction to bad, who will fix the problem?

Now I take just one group and I could be wrong and would love to have someone come forth who received charity from this group. I do not mean some cash for protesting, I mean, like a human welfare checkup with food and clothing. Or maybe crosswalk helpers outside of schools, or maybe promotion for gang kids to get 100 bucks to turn in a weapon. I just could not find examples of this for Black Lives Matter. I assumed they would post about it and advertise it. So I was amazed. I mean not even a handshaking deal at a community center for at risk Black Children or maybe counseling after a death. Nada Zip, Zilch and nothing. Please enlighten me of my oversight. And check it out they allied with the Standing Rock protests but gave no money or support to help feed and comfort the protestors there.

So this group gives wonderful juxtaposition fodder. Even if there is a tiny news article about some aberration for this group they are fully committed to protest and not support for a cause. Bummer dudes. All the news attention and all the ability to make positive change and not one foot in that direction, only a tearing down and “Outrage”. Perhaps these folks feel guilty for not doing something positive. For instance they refuse to testify for fear of retribution. And feel guilty about it. So there is an easy answer – be more outraged than you neighbor. Prove to yourself and the world that you have moral high ground because you are more outraged. This is so evident and clear on social media.

Right here on Eric’s Sunday Sermons we get hammered for proclaiming the virtue of our positive contribution as opposed to righteous indignation of such crimes against man, even ones in the future that are not real. I can post how angry and outraged I am and bravo but I post the positive things I contribute to and I get hammered for self-glorification. That my friends is morally bankrupt and all kinds of wacked out wrong.

Here is the deal nowadays. Act all outraged and you are sincere and caring. Talk about doing what is productive and honorable and you are against my outrage. The issues are becoming less important. The level of outrage is the new benchmark of showing compassion. (I really hope someone corrects my thinking of BLM)

I just cannot buy into this pseudo national outrage machinery. What do I have to be outraged about? Not what so and so said or some doomsday prophet or the hand wringing over the destruction of what is American. Sorry guys America is a wonderful place to be. It is not the center of reality but it is huge in influence.

Hey, let us take a look at our international influence for it is productive to analyze.





Hi, my name is Eric and I am an American. I do not march in the streets, I volunteer for good causes like education and food banks. I am not enraged by my nation, I do not think it is horrible. I think my neighbors love me as a neighbor. We swap fruit and cookies and help one another and love Halloween where we all say howdy. We pay a lot of taxes for our government services. But wow we have great services. Our water is safe to drink and we can play into the evening in our front yard. Schools are awesome and our community center does great work for kids and seniors and ESL folk. Our area is totally diverse with like 19 different nations represented by 2nd gen children that thrive. Our gang kids down on the corner got rousted by the Sheriff Deputies. Now they stand on the sidewalks and pick up their trash. They always give a nod and be cool but friendly when we drive by. We got no crime for blocks so maybe they are our vigilantes. I like their makeup, absolutely no race or gender or age excluded. They would help me if I were on the side of the road hurt.

It would be so easy for me to get outraged and enraged about something going on in DC or Sacramento. But that would take time away from me and my garden and family. Our volunteer work and donations are all the extra time we have to spend. One thing is really cool about these days; folks are kind of paying attention. Maybe we can get a tuberculosis scan of our homeless down Quarry Canyon way, they got pounded by our recent storms. My boy and I can only carry about five gallons a trip down to see them. And things being as they are I cannot let the boy go down into the camps – not violence but disease.

So back to outrage. My awesome daughter Hayley who is a liberal Democratic operative in DC and I were sharing. We were not outraged. We have fun talking politics. She assures me that the DC situation is doing just fine. That our radical saber rattlers are doing just fine with free speech and that offices on both sides of the hill are at their normal cantankerous levels. The yin and the yang are doing just fine.

I on the other hand am outraged. They bumped up the price on some key ingredients for my Ceviche. You just must have the squid and shrimp and proper lemon and Jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes – it is the danged essential Cilantro that is taking a hit. But my garden shall supply it in just two months.

Please go be outraged. But pick it properly.


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      20 months ago

      Hi Lawrence, it is good to hear from you. I saw some outrage over parking spaces yesterday. I am certain it had almost nothing to do with parking.

      I always find fear or anger over how someone may react to telling them something very funny. Anticipated crisis.

      How about "honey you look outrageously beautiful tonight".

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


      Parts of this hub reminded me of the movie 'Minority report'

      You know, guy gets sent to prison for a crime he's 'likely' (or going to) to commit! Gets twenty years or so, that us until they try and get Tom Cruise!

      Jesus went about 'full of compassion' changing lives, and we're still telling the story two thousand years later.

      I'd rather be full of that, than full of outrage, or maybe it can be 'outrageous compassion' what do you think?

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      Eric Dierker 

      20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I did something really nice for a person yesterday. I kind of stood around with my hands in my pocket - ready to go "awe shucks". Thank goodness no one knew it was me.

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      John Ward 

      21 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      I can relate to what you write. It is much more productive to be proactive instead of reactive. This is not the easiest of things to accomplish given our Human Condition. WE must always strive to attain the ability. God Bless.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy spelunking to you Chris. We will be low tide hunting for tidal animals. Thank you for dropping by on this painful "spring forward" day.

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      Chris Mills 

      21 months ago from Hartford, CT

      Well, you've probably talked me out of a completely enjoyable, although totally unproductive, outrage. I guess I'll just go do some caving instead. Cave of the Winds here in CO. Springs. I must check it out before I leave this fine city in two weeks.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim, about for the last month or so I have seen a decline in normal not outraged people posting on FB -- I wonder if their numbers are down all around. Boy did people get mad if you calmly approached an issue. And if you were not just all pissed off at one person that meant you fully supported them.

      Well time will tell if this continues.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada, I am thinking that people are somewhat losing control of their lives in the ordinary day to day affairs. Just too much pressure and not enough positive outlets that they have learned.

      So then, boom! Their unhealthy outlet is to go all negatively outraged at something.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MacPherson got a moment of silence from me.

      Alabama is sure a step sideways from Truth of Consequence.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      21 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article once again giving me a moment or two of reflection and introspection. The blessing is it is a journey of discovery. I am glad that I took the time to unfollow some people and a few groups constantly expressing outrage at FB. It is much more peaceful now.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent and insightful thoughts that should make everyone think. People get outraged so easily these days. There is lack of patience all around, the patience to understand the other point of view.

      Thank you for this important message!

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      Mel Carriere 

      21 months ago from San Diego California

      Birdrock is the place the world's coolest mailman used to hang. I need to go there, in the interest of pure journalism.

      Mom is now in Alabama with my sister, no longer in NM. I am going to see her in April. I will pass along your sentiments, but there are days she wishes she could unmake me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel about that time thing. We don't really know as you cannot count time while hiding out by our garbage stuff by the back gate. We holler through the bathroom window if it is clear to return. Dandelions are picked as a peace offering. We tiptoe back into the home. We do a good job of guilt trippin her.

      Now on to matters of import. I hit south La Jolla - Birdrock with two of my children today -- do it with your wife it is awesome at low tide. But then 2 full hours going north to Cardiff and back to our cockroach invested neighborhood. I swear buddy people do that every day. I am outraged!!! (and talk radio around 6 is ugly)

      I am outraged at you for being a radical government employee. And a clear malingerer reading your fancy pantsy sophisticated novels past your nap/lunch time.

      We will sweat tomorrow. If you failed lately give your mom in NM a hug for me for making you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Blessings upon you Manatita. I feel a love with you. I just do not know what it is like, these feelings of tearing down. Oh for sure on my mom's good name I mess around with anger. But I just pray for love. And I receive and on and on it gets passed on.

      My good friend of near forty years asked me if I thought the heavens are in charge of my writing or I am. Of course the answer was that what is good is through me not of me.

      Love is not just a connection it is the connection. We thrive my friend as God wants us to.

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      Mel Carriere 

      21 months ago from San Diego California

      Your wife and mine are going to the same outrage seminars, evidently. I just wish mine would limit it to 15 minutes. You get off cheap.

      This is the age of the special snowflake. Everybody is focused upon themselves. Narcissism reigns. Perhaps that is why being outraged at my cause is cool, but your cause is well - not worth getting worked up over.

      I had a funny thought today when I was walking across the postal parking lot to go to my car. My coworker gave me an avocado from her tree this morning and as I was lugging it along I couldn't help but think it looked kind of like a hand grenade. I wondered what would happen if I tossed it up in the air and yelled out "Hand grenade!" You think that would have caused some outrage? Of course I didn't do it. Waste of a good avocado. Plus, it's not the kind of thing you do on federal property. But after the smoke cleared, that outrage over my fake grenade would have produced some snarky LOLs for me. Mostly, that's what I get out of other people's outrage. Snarky LOLs.

      You are a prophet, sage, guru, and con-artist, all rolled up into one. I love your stuff. Don't invite me to dinner if you are serving avocados. One of these days I'm gonna do it.

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      21 months ago from london

      Very well done! An excellent piece! It is insightful and will definitely create awareness. From time immemorial, mankind has found it easier to break than to build; to criticize rather than to love. Breaking is an act of bullying, darkness pushing into the darkness; building is an act of loving; of trying to elevate mankind.

      You would know from my articles that I share your views on America. Such a beautiful country! Nothing is wrong with it, but perhaps some things are wrong with some of us. Glory be for this wonderful Hub!

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby the ads I am seeing on this hub are "stand with women" - Planned Parenthood. I do not agree with much of their policies and politic. But I think it is good they getting their message out and not attacking someone. I kept the moniker of Sermon here for a good reason. Normally radicals on either do not want to hear a sermon, so they do not visit. Friends do, like you. We have an awesome fantastic congregation that I am proud to be a part of.

      No wheat bread -- yes about seven bucks for a small loaf with preservatives in it. I think my research leads me to figure out a baking thing -- off to go visit our friend Linda Carb Diva

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, one of the many reasons that I love your sermons, is the fact that you never judge us. Anyone with a brain knows when they do or say something wrong. When this happens to me, I know immediately I have done or said something that was unkind, and I'm my worst judgmental self. It's nice to be reminded that we all are traveling through life, and there are many pitfalls, but love is the key....

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana this area still bothers me. That outrage is seeming more and more to me as not hate at all. Of course there is overlap but I am not seeing the two dependent on each other. Seething hate and feigned outrage maybe.

      But this is very true -- people who avoid or simply do not hate, don't seem to get outraged at much. I think my friends do not hate.

      At any rate it is a great area for us to self reflect on and I am happy you joined us.

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      Dana Tate 

      21 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I'm happy I never came from a family or surrounded myself with friends who hate. I will admit that most will rather complain than do anything to make a difference. I feel sorry for people who are filled with hate it seems like wasted energy and time to me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, I am going to get back to you on that bread issue. I am going to be researching it.

      My mom was strict. That four letter word was not tolerated and would get you in trouble. One time I said "I hate this flashlight it never stays on". And she lectured me about never ever hating anything and for sure never say it.

      Many people criticize me for not standing on my priniciples because I do not get all pissed off over what I disagree with-- oh well.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I really like it when you comment here. Your completely at peace and happy photo always cheers me up. You are so right about our need to be stewards of the time that God has given us and not waste it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you bodylevive. We kind of cheat on the catastrophe issue around here. We are not fatalists but we trust that God has a plan.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I can't for the life of me see why anyone would destroy property over something they can't do anything about. The only way to fix a problem is to work to solve it. Black lives do matter and so does white, brown and yellow. The teaching starts at home. Hate is a learned aspect of parents who, themselves hate. I am so thankful for a mother who saw no color, yet came down hard when I did something wrong. I am glucose intolerant due to Celiac disease and it burns ne up that a loaf of bread is $ 6.00 dollars, but what can I do? Nothing....

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      "What do I have to be outraged about? . . . That would take time away from me and my garden and family. . . Please go be outraged. But pick it properly." How's this for a sermon in a quote? You challenge us, Preacher.

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      21 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Chicken Little was a great description and all so true. I enjoyed reading this and you be blessed in all that you do.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, this week we found a new problem. Our school had a book exchange - like swapping books from home. We were pleased to bring in ten books. But then I spoke with the librarian and she mentioned that it would not be a straight exchange because she had so many kids without books at home. What!?! Well as Seuss might say "Well that will not do at all". And so easy to fix. We dug out another 18 from home and bought quite a few at our Veterans thrift store-10 cents to 50 cents. I think it took us about 30 minutes total and maybe 8 bucks.

      Truth be told I do not think we did it for the kids as much as to assuage our guilt at having so much. Yep, I think that charity was to fix my own broken heart.

      Thanks for coming by Linda I appreciate it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes Bill I think we cheat a little as far as participating, because we write. I don't think I think of our writing as changing the world for the better. But I guess we do if only one at a time.

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      Linda Lum 

      21 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, this is one of your best sermons to date. Like you I just don't see the point of all the screaming and chest thumping.

      Makes me think of a radio station (that I listen to probably far too much). The talk-show host from noon to 3 moans and yells and complains, mostly about the government and all that they are doing wrong. Then the gear switch at 3pm and another host comes in. This one points out the "wrongs" as well, but then he organizes his listeners to help with whatever the problem of the day is--collecting clothing for the tsunami victims in Japan, or donating to a memorial for the 4 slain police officers, or donating gloves and shovels for the community that was destroyed by a landslide, etc., etc.

      Is it guilt? No, I think that's an easy pass. I think it's laziness. It's so easy to SAY something is wrong. Actually DOING something to right that wrong takes time and effort and organization (and that doesn't sound like any fun, does it?).

      Thank you for another great sermon, and thank you and Gabriel for all that you do for your community. You are teaching him well.

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene my daughter just informed me that my local 99 Cents Only store has it fresh all the time. And she urged me to look for fresh Pico de Gallo there also. I am suspecting it comes in daily from my Mexican friends so that explains the low cost. And we know that that really means organic.

      Isn't it fun being in a home with two distinct "races". We get a lot of laughs from it. My wife loves to say "you people". Makes me laugh just writing it.

      Off to shovel, one of my favorite pass times!

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep...urban farming....working with the City Council....meeting neighbors...these are things we do locally to make this a better place to live....and in the meantime, I voice my opinion, because I walk the talk....have a great Friday, my friend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      21 months ago from USA

      Excellent sermon. America the beautiful! This is the greatest place on earth to live. I don't understand the Black Lives Matter movement, either. They are not helping. What are they doing? My white husband started walking around the house saying, "White lives matter!" We got a good laugh out of it in the security of our home, but he knew better than to take that message to the streets. But, Eric, I would be totally outraged, too if the price of cilantro went up. I'm glad to see you are going to start growing it. If you enjoy Cerviche now, you will crave it after adding freshly picked cilantro to it - the freshness aspect takes the flavor profile to a whole other level.


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