What can you do when so much of the news can easily fill you with blinding anger? What happens when the anger becomes all too much? How can the energy of anger be used for good? This week, Robin Renée, Mary McGinley, and Wendy Sheridan contemplate outrage fatigue and the never-ending stream that seems designed to wear us down. They acknowledge the times when all you can do is take a break and retreat to your “blanket fort.” They consider ways the outrage can be transformed to raw energy and then to positive action – You might focus on an important issue like reproductive rights, contact your representatives (Wendy has created handy We The People postcards for that), use Resistbot, or you might even start a podcast. A big question emerges: Will Wendy run for office?
There has been some encouraging news. The Families Belong Together protests across the U.S. were massive and inspiring. Court orders were handed down recently imposing a greater need for cause in the detention of immigrants and for quick reunions of immigrant parents and children who were separated at the border.
Next, Wendy speaks of the passing of Harlan Ellison, his beloved writing, and how he elevated science fiction to an art form. Robin remembers Alan Longmuir, co-founder of the Bay City Rollers. Mary recognizes Sarah Eismann for her recent, remarkable feat of Swimming for Shakespeare in order to raise awareness about the Shakespeare Behind Bars program.
If you are looking for ways to mitigate outrage, The Leftscape offers reasons to celebrate: National Blueberry Muffin Day, National Mojito Day, and National Cheer Up the Lonely Day, to name a few. For the naturists in the audience, it’s Nude Recreation Week, culminating with International Skinny Dip Day on Saturday, July 14! To stay well in the summer sun, take heed of Wendy’s PSA on heat safety.
Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Outrage Fatigue (Episode 7).”