Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Theodore Dalrymple on outrage"

Via Instapundit:  “Outrage is a substitute for religion: It convinces us that our existence has some kind of meaning or significance beyond itself, that is to say beyond the paltry flux of day-to-day existence, especially when that existence is a securely comfortable one. Therefore we go looking for things to be outraged about as anteaters look for ants. Of all emotions, outrage is not only one of the most pleasurable but also one of the most reliable.”

Theodore Dalrymple, “Better Left Unsaid” (Taki’s Magazine, Dec. 31, 2016, courtesy of Patrick Kurp)

1 comment:

ricpic said...

At Bottom, Boredom

The paltry flux of mere existence
Is quite the heavy load to bear;
So let's convert it all to outrage
And dump it in the market square.