Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million

On Outrage (and Fridaily and Photo!)

I sat behind a truck at the water fill last night that had a bumper sticker you've probably seen: If you aren't outraged, you aren't paying attention.

There's truth there. If you look around, there are a gazillion things to feel outraged about. On my friendslist, or my Facebook feed, every few minutes something will show up that is horrific or enraging or just plain wrong.

I could spend a lot of energy every day correcting people, bringing attention to wrong-doing, sharing the latest and greatest offense, writing angry letters under my bare lightbulb... but you know what? I only have >>this<< much energy and outrage is a big suck of said energy. And I'd rather use it in other ways!

I'm paying attention. But I'm also looking for rainbows after the rain, and choosing to share the good news, and picking my battles. There are things that are bad out there! There always have been and always will be. But I am not a bad person for choosing not to dwell on them. I cannot save every puppy or correct every misconception. I am not a soulless or self-centered monster because I read these things and do not rise to the uncountable causes. I think a lot of people carry guilt because - given the nature of media and social network - they are inundated with All These Terrible Things, and feel that they are expected to be outraged about all of them! I used to feel guilty about that, too! These are things that deserve outrage! But I realized something recently, and I think it's worth sharing:

It is more useful to the world that I am cheerful, live creatively, and am responsible for myself.

So that's what I try to do, whenever I start to feel outraged. And you know what? I'm a lot happier for it.

On that note, have a picture of a baby eating a banana.

Tags: guppy, photos, rants

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