Addicted to Indignation

March 26, 2017
Boy screaming

Vance Osterhout (CC0)

There’s a lot of vitriol out there these days.  Partisan sniping on social media, screaming matches on cable news, and early morning tweetstorms from certain elected officials. Frankly, it’s exhausting. And also infuriating, blood-boiling, and  maddening — so why can’t we let it go?  Could we, as a nation, be addicted to anger? That’s what science fiction writer and astrophysicist David Brin thinks. In fact, he wrote an open letter to addiction researchers and psychologists, asking them to investigate America’s epidemic of self-righteous indignation.  

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Excellent Excellent presentation. I am intrigued. Not only in politics, but in dysfunctional families.

Excellent Excellent presentation. I am intrigued. Not only in politics, but in dysfunctional families.

I was listening with great interest to this interview while David Brin was making an somewhat complicated point: "Here is the huge mistake. Look, I approve of all of the marching that is going on, resistance, all that kind of thing ... but, it is not as anywhere near as effective as finding just 5 to 10 million brainy, smart and at their core sane conservatives who know something's wrong and sitting down and talking to them and ...(fraction of a second pause followed by an attempted interruption by the interviewer) ..."And..."(interrupted again with a new question)

I think Mr Brin was trying to make a significant point, while the interviewer was not really listening, but was more interested in moving on with their list of questions.

Please learn when it is time to let your interviewees speak their minds, they are the people with ideas we want to hear from, and you too, right?

PS. this is at 45:55 in the download of the whole hour's episode.

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