The Coming Second American Civil War (12 of 14)

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12.

HATRED, NOT LOVE, IS OUR NEW EMOTION

Glenn Beck has a new book out titled Addicted to Outrage. He isn’t the only one writing about this, and it’s something I’ve been conscious of for a while, we are addicted to outrage.

Outrage:

noun

  1. an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock, or indignation.

verb

  1. arouse fierce anger, shock, or indignation in (someone).

Sometimes outrage is a proper emotional response. But not always. Actually more correctly righteous indignation is more productive than outrage. 

A Story

Jesus comes to Bethphage, near the Mount of Olives, a walking distance east of Jerusalem. He is, unbeknownst to his disciples with him, going to make his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem for the final act in his life. Up to now one could think of him as an itinerate preacher, preaching the gospel of salvation—not political but of the heart—and performing miraculous healings. A humble and very wise man who many think of as God and he certainly has promoted that image. So it isn’t troubling that he says to his disciples: “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.”That he would know this comes across as normal. Riding the donkey Jesus makes his way into Jerusalem. While Jesus would have known how this would play out the disciples were surprised when hundreds of Jerusalemites came out to greet him laying their coats on the ground for him to walk over and having cut palm branches waved them in honor shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”Then Jesus arrives at the Temple Court and everything changes.

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”(This story is found in Matthew 21:1-13)

This fits both the noun and verb form of outrage. This is Jesus, God who came to us in flesh, who inspired David to build a Temple and gave it to Solomon to build. For what? To be a house of worship, nothing else. It’s where those who entered the Temple could shed from themselves all the distractions of the day and meet God, the Holy God who wasn’t their BFF but their God. It was here that Jesus came to make his sacrifice for all mankind. Nothing could be more serious and here they were making a joke of God through their using God like the pagans do to make money. Religion meant nothing to them. God meant nothing to them. It all was a game to make them rich by robbing others. Yes, Jesus found the sacrilege appalling and demeaning to what he had come to do. It was outrageous.

Outrage can be made meaningless and in our culture today it’s been rendered insincere because it has become our first emotion and overused. The outrage of Jesus at the Temple is called righteous indignation because it came out at the right time for the right reason. It wasn’t politically motivated as most of our outrage today is making it disingenuous.

For instance, an 18 year old girl found herself heaped with outrage for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to her prom. Why? Her crime was some stupidity we now know as cultural appropriation. She wasn’t Chinese. She had no right to pretend she was Chinese. Really? You want to go there with this asinine argument. We can’t be who we’re not? I’ve got a surprise for you; we are all what we’re not. Parts of all of us, including those fools who are outraged over this, are parts of others, including what we eat. It’s outrageous to be outraged over this. But we are because it’s political.

A sportscaster was fired with outrage against him for using the phrase “chink in the armor”. The Urban Dictionary says this about the phrase: “An narrow opening and vulnerable [sic] area in one’s armor that the opponent will usually aim for. This term relies on “chink” in the sense of “a crack or gap,” a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.” The word “chink” has also been derogatively used to refer to Chinese men especially. I, myself, have used “chink in the armor,” but not as a slur, simply as it originally came to us, a reference to vulnerability. Was this sportscaster using it as a slur? There is no evidence that he was but that didn’t matter because we are looking for anything we can be outraged over and he fell into that trap.

A baker said, “I don’t believe in homosexuality as a valid lifestyle, but anyone can come into my bakery and purchase a pastry. But I will not bake a wedding cake for you if you are the same sex getting married.” Outrage filled the community and the State. How dare the Christian not give in to the lifestyle choice another makes. He MUST participate in it and accept it or be punished. We can’t be different, we can’t think differently, we can’t believe differently if the now politically accepted norm is different. Outrage now DEMANDS you comply.

You see, debate is over. It’s my way or punishment, And here we come to post-modernism. Progressivism still held that some truth was real. Post-modernism doesn’t believe in truth. It doesn’t believe in reason or rational thought. It’s why we can say perception is reality and that being so everyone has different perceptions and so they each have their truth and that puts your truth into question.

WE’VE TURNED EVERY ISSUE INTO POLITICS.

From Simple English Wikipedia here is a simple definition of politics: “Politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions. Politics is about making agreements between people so that they can live together in groups such as tribes,  cities, or countries.” Everyone wants the good life. For Aristotle politics is about how the State is to give you the good life. Of course, it is the State that defines the good life and politicians go about selling their definition bringing everyone into compliance so we can have it.

Some headlines to show how fractured we are and everything is political:

  • Snoop Dogg attacks Kanye West, calling him an ‘Uncle Tom’ for supporting Trump

  • Catholic University suspends dean for tweet doubting Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick

  • New study says dating apps are racist, recommends redesigns to be more inclusive

  • Twitter suspends prof who said white GOP senators ‘deserve miserable deaths’ as university weighs in

  • Kavanaugh bows out of teaching Harvard Law winter class; graduates had been lining up against him

  • University bans clapping to ‘avoid triggering anxiety’ — so jazz hands will be used for inclusivity

  • Nonpartisan’ ACLU Spends Over $1 Million In Ads Comparing Kavanaugh To Cosby, Weinstein; Gets Destroyed Online

  • Woman Claimed 4 Dentists Raped Her; Video Evidence Results In Dropped Charges

  • Toobin: Poor plight of white men is ridiculous

  • Kavanaugh “threw a tantrum” at America

While I have a Twitter account I stay off it and I don’t read tweets. Here’s the reason: Writes Dr. Carol Christine Fair who is an associate professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown:

“F— Trump and f— you for voting for him,” Fair wrote on Tumblr. “What AMAZES me about Trumpanzees … apart from the fact that they are a bunch of Xphobic, women-hating, white supremacist, whiney-ass snowflakes who love a criminal traitor …”

and . . .

“Look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement,” she wrote. “All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”

Outrage or absurdity?