July 11, 2013 Leave a comment
Some random thoughts.
I think being liberal/progressive means wanting to make the world better, not complaining that it isn’t, by taking care of each other. It’s more about cooperation than competition.
Most of what I see on Facebook and in liberal news sites and e-mails is all about how we have a better plan for putting things right, explanations of those plans, and examples of where we have implemented them on a smaller scale and tinkered with them until they worked the way we wanted.
I wish. No, it’s all about the worst things said by the most absurd conservatives. Admittedly, if you just focus on the environment or women’s issues, there is an excess of grist for that outrage mill. After handing these morons (I mean Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin, Ann Coulter, et al) megaphones, these sites then ask for money to combat this message that they are helping to spread.
Instead of feeding each other’s outrage by sharing every stupid, mean, and crazy thing the worst conservatives say, how about touting that other stuff? What accomplishments are people achieving, or what promising things are scientists doing? Or something else. Be creative. I’m tired of being outraged all the time. That bumper sticker? If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention? Well, are we going to have a revolution and do something with that outrage? Or is the outrage just an end in itself? Usually it’s just an end in itself, or is used to ask for donations. OR it’s a dog whistle to give people a reason to say, “Yeah! Those guys SUCK!” And round and round we go. Meanwhile, our energies are spent in complaining instead of in making things better.
Facebook is where people take their outrage for a walk. Everyone wants everyone else to be outraged. Who can sustain that, day in, day out? But what other reason is there for liberal sites to post every crazy thing these people say?
I don’t mind outrage, if it precedes revolution. We could use a revolution.
I have no desire for what Barbara Ehrenreich called Bright-siding. I’m half-Irish, half-German: you think I want to be CHIPPER? Fuck you. I want to make things better. There is a place for bitching. But it has become a cultural habit, An industry. If we want to prove that we are better than the other guy, parroting what they say and then condemning it, while failing to articulate our own priorities and how we’re going to get there is a waste of time.