Our story of outrage and despair at its core is the belief that we can only ever overcome our deep challenges by truly acknowledging and atoning for our deeply unwise, destructive, pathetic nature.
Outrage pulls us closer to our tribes. But it also disconnects us from and fosters contempt and disgust for other tribes, and even humanity as a whole.
In the famous words of Rust Cohle from the first season of True Detective, “Time is a flat circle.”
Our story is not just one of outrage, it is one of decline. We believe we have lost something essential. We believe we are lost.
We are disgusted by ourselves and our species. We tell ourselves that we are in decline and fundamentally to blame for it.
Today’s modern story of self-loathing is nothing new. In fact, it is one of humanity’s oldest stories.
We, in the blink of an eye in historical time, have to cope with unprecedented, unrelenting bad news and challenges to our beliefs, worldviews, and identities.
We naturally gravitate toward outrage and despair. Consciously or unconsciously, we choose them as our guiding lights.