I have been offline for a while, only catching up now on the latest Russell Brand
bullshit controversy shared by everyone and their dog. Depressing stuff.
Brand wasn’t banned from anywhere, he just does his admin like I do my taxes. But the tweets got re-tweeted, and the links shared. Worrying.
Maybe it’s just the wine talking, but I think I do get it. You are angry. Takes one to know one. Being angry is not a bad thing by default, even though a lot of people have told you that it is. They were wrong. Your anger can be a very attractive feature of your personality.
Be glad you’re angry. Be glad that defaulting into anger is part of the way you’re shaped. It’s easier for us, the angry ones, than it is for those who become overwhelmed, I think. There is also a good chance that your anger is a sign that you have a strong creative impulse. That’s lucky, too.
The angry often change things. That’s a big part of the reason people are scared of anger. What doesn’t change cannot die, after all. Angry, not contented, people break rules that are in dire need of being broken. Angry people make the best lovers, leaving dark secret things seared into your soul.
Thinking things like “this shit stops now” is not a mark of the calmly comfortable mind. But it’s a type of thinking that’s often needed to make the world better.
Anger should be the thing that allows you to leapfrog over the particular bogeymen hiding under your bed, launching you into the world. Again, be glad that you have something in your psyche that can be greater than your fears.
But anger shouldn’t be used like this. It shouldn’t fuel slacktivist +1s on teh onlines. It shouldn’t become narrowly focused on a particular cause. That’s called addiction. Being in a permanent state of anger directed at the (South African, though it applies for all) government made people unthinkingly share his tweets.
There is no one cause for the ills of the world. Religions, your government, whatever, are never the sole causes of the ills you see around you. Look out for this laser-like focus of your anger, it’s a big blind spot, and people like Brand use such blind spots to manipulate us into doing his marketing for him. Empty controversy and free press. For what? Building Brand’s brand?
It doesn’t matter how justified anger toward government is – third-rate comedians shouldn’t be able to become our puppet masters this easily.
It’s a criminal waste of a powerful force.