We live in an age of instantaneous outrage, in which we can no longer express displeasure with one reprehensible act unless we express equal displeasure with ALL morally reprehensible acts. We – particularly those of us in the Twitterverse – pounce on injustice like Boss Hogg on a honey-glazed ham. Then others pounce on us because we chose the ham and not their pet object of derision and moral outrage.
A dentist killed a lion? But did you know about “X”? Why aren’t you railing against “X”?
Let’s think for a moment how it would work if we were to apply the same all-or-nothing standard to our likes?
“I like bacon.”
“What? You like bacon? What about cheese? What have you got against cheese?”
Look, a man did an incredibly dickish thing. Yes, yes, I know, other men are, at this very moment, also doing incredibly dickish things, but they’ll just have to wait their turn.
First, because if I allow myself to become some sort of Gatling Gun of moral outrage, then rage will consume me, and I don’t want that. It’s not good for me or those around me. And if we all do it, it’s really not good for the world we live in.
But second, and more importantly, because I just suck at multitasking.