Take a gander at the current political arena, or media coverage of any crime or international issue, or even the professional sports landscape, and you’ll notice something. This is a culture of outrage. All over the TV, social media, and even in conversation, outrage pours forth regarding those we deem to be in the wrong: the cheaters, the criminals, those of opposing views. This is as true on the small level of an office injustice as it is on the grand scale of international relations. But there’s a fine line between moral outrage and plain old self-righteous rage.
Differentiating between the two can be difficult, especially because our own motives for outrage are often mixed. As in all matters of motivation of the heart, certain filter questions can be helpful.
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