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.
For almost a week now, the world has expressed its collective outrage over the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls by radical Islamic idiots. These tough, manly guys showed the world just how tough they were by kidnapping children at gunpoint. They claim to hold the moral high ground and that they kidnapped these kids because they object to what they call Western education. They can claim whatever they want, but the reality is that they are nothing but a gang of thugs hiding behind their pseudo-religious beliefs.
I have zero tolerance for anything or anyone that hurts children, at any stage of their life. During the week that these children have been missing, nearly 25,000 American babies were killed before they could even be born. The kidnapping of these school girls is rightly decried by the world as brutal act of terrorism. The 25,000 American babies killed over the past week were all killed legally.
Outrage is a selective reaction to a given event. Outrage by one often elicits outrage by others simply so the others can show the one that they are just as caring as the one initially expressing outrage. In my humble opinion, outrage is a wasted emotion unless it inspires action to correct an egregious wrong and is channeled in a non-violent manner to do so. Expressing outrage just so you can be seen participating as part of the collective serves no purpose other than making you feel that you are on the right side of a given issue.
I prefer to avoid anger and outrage, and to channel my energy toward change. I abhor the abortion industry and the sight of a Planned Parenthood sign saddens me more than it makes me angry. I’m saddened that many of my fellow Americans see abortion as an acceptable alternative to allowing every unborn child to make its universally unique contribution to the world. It saddens me every day to see people who abuse their bodies and live their lives in blissful ignorance of the good they can do; wasting the priceless gift of life they were given, while over a million new lives are cut short every year in the land of opportunity.
If you must feel outrage, use its energy to perform good works. If you have to be mad to get something done, be mad. Whatever emotion it takes to move you to make a positive change in the world, embrace it. Find your passion and dedicate your life to it. Mine is ending abortion. I may spend the rest of my life fighting for the lives of unborn children and all my efforts may ultimately be for naught; I don’t know. What I do know is that I won’t spend my life being outraged over this and that just so I can be a member of the herd. I’ll take my chances working towards a goal that I know in my heart is righteous and I’ll leave it to everyone else to follow their own paths, whether those paths include spouting outrage over the latest tragedy or actually doing something to prevent the next one from happening.
Today the entire country is outraged over racist remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Racism is always wrong in whatever form it manifests. Outrage is the default response to remarks such as those made by Mr. Sterling. Unfortunately, this outrage is further fueled by self-serving race baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. And no, I didn’t accidentally omit the title of Reverend from either of these gentlemens’ name. Nothing that either of these men does is by any stretch reverent or to the benefit of their fellow man. The news networks are covering this story non-stop while Sharpton and Jackson jockey for position in front of the cameras.
While Mr. Sterling’s comments disturb me, I reserve my outrage for Planned Parenthood and America’s abortion industry. I see racism when more black children die from abortion in New York City every year than are allowed to be born. What I don’t see are Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson speaking out on behalf of these innocent children. The main stream media won’t cover protests over the killing of unborn children, so these clowns don’t show up. They’re in the business of promoting racism, not ending it; even if one of the results is the deaths of thousands of black children every year in our nation’s largest city. If these 2 leaches really wanted to end racism and save children they would be doing good works out of sight of the cameras, just because it is the right thing to do.
You won’t hear them speaking out against Planned Parenthood either, even though this organization was founded by an avowed racist whose stated goal was the extermination of the black race. They’re willing to go 24/7 over a sleazy NBA owner; calling for boycotts, suspension of the First Amendment, and even jail time for an idiot who should just be allowed to crawl under the nearest rock and disappear. But when it comes to the killing of unborn children, you won’t hear a word of protest from either of them.
Sharpton and Jackson express varying degrees of outrage over whatever happens to be the flavor of the day. Whether you agree with me or not, any time the word racism shows up in a story, whether warranted or not, Sharpton and Jackson can be found racing toward the camera crews, ready to stoke the fires and stir stir things up; their only intent being to promote themselves. If these 2 hucksters want to promote something, how about promoting every unborn child’s right to life, whatever their race? How about standing up against America’s abortion industry and fighting the ultimate battle against racism?
Bottom line, Donald Sterling is an idiot and deserves everything that comes to him as a result of his idiocy. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are morons who wouldn’t recognize a worthy cause if it slapped them upside their swollen self-aggrandizing heads. It’s about time for everyone to stop clamoring to be outraged over every insensitive remark, and every politically correct, social-network trending hot topic. Righteous outrage should be reserved for the truly outrageous; like the legal murder of over a million unborn children every year in America.