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  1. Rational Person
    Oct 14 - 4:10 pm

    With all due respect, this essay is irrational.

    Congratulations that you have, apparently, found ways to control your “inner Hitler.” Is that an mischaracterization, by the way?

    But there are some of us who can get outraged by events in the world, including big political let downs, without feeling “despondent.” We can process our moral outrage, perhaps positively or perhaps in a not so kumbaya fashion. Whatever the case, moral outrage at social and economic injustice does not lead us to want to commit mass murder, or other forms of violence, on Jews, homosexuals and others.

    Based on what you’ve written here, controlling that evil impulse seems to have been a major struggle you have had to deal with in your own life, which you have overcome. Good for you. Really. But that does not give you the broader philosophical insight to make blanket – and completely illogical – statements about how other human beings without such impulses should cope with the injustices we all face in life. Most of us can get ticked off at things without becoming Hitler, or being overcome with physical symptoms.

    This was pretty bizarre.

    • Jim Wilkinson
      Oct 15 - 8:49 am

      Dear Rational Person, I think your response is good because the author did strike a chord with you. You defend righteous anger, which I feel all the time and which annoys my wife. I realize that humility and love are better, but what I think is not always what I feel. A dear friend describes himself as a work in progress and as he is, so am I and so are we. Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts.

  2. L.a.Kurth
    Oct 14 - 4:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing your perspective.

  3. Tim
    Oct 15 - 4:18 am

    During Freedom Summer, they sang Kumbaya, because some civil rights workers were missing in Mssissippi. They sang “come ny here, Lord” and “somone’s missing, Lord” and “someone’s crying, Lord”. When they received word that the missing had been murdered by the Klan, they kept singing the the Lord would “come ny here.”

    Kumbaya means that you are willing to go to the place of pain without all the answer

    I appreciate the vulnerability of this author. I think it is good to listen to this experience.

  4. Joan Mistretta
    Oct 15 - 7:40 am

    When we were standing and walking around Main St. in my town begging our country not to invade Iraq, we designated one person to be the one who engaged oppositional passers-by in conversation. Simply because she had the personality traits to be able to do it. The rest of us would stay near here so she wasn’t alone, but we kept our mouths shut. THAT we were able to force ourselves to do. I can do that (with what damage to my nervous system I’m not sure) but so far I cannot long engage in “reasonable” conversation with someone like — to mention a present instance in the news — the guy with the confederate flag in front of the White House. Or crazy-head Cruz. I would become emotional and it would be obvious, even if I clenched my teeth and thought of Gandhi and Jesus. My feelings would be obvious and likely might lead to the other guy baiting me because he would know — rightly — that he could get to me if he tried hard enough. That does not make me Hitler. Whose mad rantings, by the way, seemed to be somewhat effective. Also, there is nothing more infuriating to me when I am angry or upset, than to have someone talk to me like “See how reasonable and calm I am? Can’t you be that way?” Makes me want to clout them. And some things we SHOULD be emotional about. Like now. :-)

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