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Outrage saturation

What happens when there are so many completely ridiculous and outrageous things going on in the world (no links, why bother, you know what they are...) that you can't keep up with them all, let alone summon up the requisite level of righteous indignation to critique, debunk, or oppose them? You start filtering: accepting the small outrages so you can get worked up about the big ones, or fighting the local outrages, while ignoring the ones further away. Eventually, perhaps, you lose the capacity for outrage at all. You accept that the world is corrupt, that nothing you can do can make a difference, and that this is the way it has always been. I've been feeling perilously close to that point of late.

Another thought: who benefits from such a situation on a large scale? The existing power structure, of course. I've often wondered how the powerful could be so ham-fisted, with their incessant parade of transparent lies, obvious hypocrisies, petty (and not-so-petty) scandals, howling injustices, and flat-out stupidities. Perhaps that is The Plan. By force-feeding us this constant diet of outrage, "They" leave us so bloated that we cannot move, let alone resists. A denial-of-service attack on our critical faculties.

Hmmm. I'm starting to feel a little outraged again...