Outrage for Outrage Sake

I will almost never be outraged by what others are outraged by, even if I legitimately find whatever it is to be horrific. This is because the fact that most people feel outraged about something means that it is culturally handled. My outrage or voice is unneeded and if I contributed my outrage to the overwhelming chorus, it is probably just due to my desire to fit in (since I know my voice isn’t productive on the winning side of the issue).

I will always be most bothered by the issues that I find horrific which the public largely ignores … even if it is less horrific than the other issues. This is because our culture lets the issues pass and the horrific nature is unaddressed.

18 years ago I cared about gay people being treated well, today, you will almost never hear me talk about it since it is handled. Yes, I still think gay people deserve respect, but only such a vast minority of people disagree that I am likely just fighting a non-existent enemy to virtue signal by making my voice heard here.

Nazis are a non-issue with a ton of outrage, but cops are a huge issue with not nearly enough outrage. Racism is not a big issue with a ton of outrage, but the drug war is a huge issue with minimal outrage. Bullying is a mild issue with a ton of outrage, but compulsory schooling is the root of the issue while having vastly more problems that no one even discusses.

The people who join the winning side of battles are largely cowards who want to be liked. I want to be liked, so I can’t hate them too much … but it is impossible to respect these people’s principles, ideas, integrity, or them generally as a human being when they form their whole ego around being liked as a philosophical guiding principle.

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