The “culture of outrage”.
That quote is from one of the first sentences in the ‘No Filter’ podcast interview of Germaine Greer by special host Jessie Stephens (normally hosted by Mia Freedman of Mamamia) and it struck me like a tonne of bricks.
Much like the video “Lefty Boot Camp” did from Tonightly.
I know better than to discuss the topics that the podcast did or even the video.
But taking a step back and thinking about the simple part that is the emotion of outrage.
In context of this week including ‘RUOK?DAY’ a national day to discuss mental health and check in on one another. I found it interesting to watch social media for the posts from people. Most notably I was personally looking at some of the people I would say are the most vocal in their anger towards people, publications, ideas, other people’s opinions, politicians, colours they don’t like, whatever. We create so many extra emotional burdens on people and then ask everyone to speak up if they are struggling.
I appreciate that on paper I am the least oppressed type of person on the planet. I am truly starting to comprehend the necessity to allow other ‘voices’ to rise up and be heard. When these voices speak, I definitely try to listen, but using “you need to listen more” as a push onto anyone that doesn’t agree with you does not move the needle in the right direction.
We, as people, all need to focus on listening more rather than just waiting for our time to speak.
I don’t exclude myself from this need.
I guess what I am trying to say is this, if we are going to say “are you ok?” and tell people we are here for one another to listen. Then we need to do just that. Not just one day of the year, but every day. When we disagree with people, then being outraged on the internet, does not push your perspective further ahead, it does the opposite really.
When you put something online like sharing an article that offends you, commenting on a person (especially politicians) that you disagree with, or any hateful image/video. These things are actually helping to push their agenda forwards. It is promoting their ideology/thoughts/ideas and not your own. The media even preys on this naivety nowadays and wants your outrage.
Stop giving it to them so easily.