As a non-participating member of the herd, I enjoy studying them as they bounce from crisis to crisis, each of them seeking validation by expressing more outrage over the most recent crisis du jour than their fellow herd members. The most recent focus of their collective outrage is Ray Rice. Domestic violence is a serious problem and Ray Rice got what he deserved. I agree that outrage over acts of violence against anyone is the natural human response. What I have a problem with are expressions of outrage with no intent by most of those expressing it to do anything to fix the problem that their outrage is directed towards. How many of you reading this will do anything to prevent domestic violence, put the well-being of others ahead of yourself, or take a stand based on principle to protect those who can’t protect themselves?
Far too many of us are willing to jump on the bandwagon every time the news cycle jumps to the next big story, spouting our outrage and then moving on; the focus of our outrage quickly dispatched to the recesses of our short term memory. As I’ve written before, I believe outrage is a waste of time and effort unless its energy is directed towards a remedy for the outrageous. We all have a choice to make when we express our outrage over something. We can remain members of the herd and compliment one another for caring enough to express our anger, then move on and do nothing productive, or break from the herd and take positive, measurable action.
About a year and a half ago I broke from the herd. I made a conscious decision to spend the rest of my life, if necessary, to end abortion and to close the doors of those organizations in the business of killing unborn babies for money. I quit caring about what the other members of the herd thought about me and made a commitment to a cause more important than myself. I find it outrageous that the greatest country on earth allows over a million of our unborn children to be killed every year. I find it outrageous that our elected officials, sworn to protect the rights of every American, look the other way as thousands of innocent children are killed every day by Planned Parenthood and our nation’s abortion industry.
I would be lying if I said I don’t sometimes feel anger or animus towards those who support abortion or actually perform them. I’m more saddened than angry that it is legal to choose to have your unborn child killed in America. I choose to channel these emotions towards the achievement of a worthy goal. If my friends who choose to remain in the herd want to express outrage over something, I urge them to do so in memory of the thousands of unborn children killed today and the thousands doomed to die tomorrow. I urge them to take definitive action to end the injustice that sparked their outrage and to commit themselves to serving others.