Failing a test
Reading this piece on the weekend incident between those boys in obnoxious hats and the drum circle fellows, I congratulate myself heartily for having waited before expressing outrage.
Oh, I did make noises in the safety and comfort of my home. And I really don’t like the faces I’ve seen on these kids. I saw contempt, ignorance, privilege and a complete lack of interest in trying to understand or tolerate others you might disagree with. But then, that’s pretty typical for a political event these days, and not just from right wingers.
Two things stopped me from retweeting. 1. I don’t like viral videos that don’t show the whole thing, because I’m paranoid and often right to be and 2. What I was thinking wasn’t thinking, it was emoting, and as a rule I do try not to emote because it usually doesn’t add much value to anyone’s life very much including my own.
But also, bonus third reason: when everyone’s going one way, I generally want to flee in the other direction. Contrarian roots are always showing on my head. They’re useful sometimes. They can even save me from an embarrassing face-plant.
I don’t really know what happened at that event, and I don’t have two hours to watch the whole thing. I just wish we (everyone) weren’t so quick with the outrage button and took a minute to breathe - and ideally think - before erupting.