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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Case of Outrage to Hide Guilt And Other Such Feelings
Another day begins well.
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.
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.