Outrage / by Chris Hall

Dr. Martin Luther King in 1963.

Dr. Martin Luther King in 1963.

"Anger is an energy."  John Lydon.

Forcing yourself to be happy, to always look at the bright side of life, while living in the midst of social and economic injustice is the mentality of the slave.  Outrage, when deserved, is healthy, proper, and fitting.  I will never choose to purposefully put blinders over my eyes, or let life's indignities steam-roll over me.  I will always fight for justice, for what is right.  And you, too, have every right to be outraged.  Expressions of outrage are healthy for society.  It is how things get changed in this word.  If no one speaks up, the status quo will continue.  

I am reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, when he said, "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."  As artists, we often see injustice before others, because of our sensitivity and also the fact that the world can be outright hostile and prejudiced toward us.  It is our duty to speak up, to defend ourselves and others.  

Sometimes I think I thrive on being pissed off – (though I do worry that it might someday consume me), but most of the time I have to find strength to tell truth to power and to do what is right.  I do not like conflict, argument, or fighting.  It is not in my nature.  I am all too susceptible to outrage and anger, but it is not my preferred state of mind.  But someone has got to speak up, to do what is right.  And if others more adept will not do it, then I must.