Humans seem to get easily angry at some of the pettiest things. When you look at social media, you see a lot of people ranting about, well, just about anything. And it seems to be ingrained in our need to find solidarity with other people.
“Broadcasting threats may have the effect of forcing people to provide information…people who agree with you signal that they are ready to follow your cause… By contrast, those who ask for evidence, or debate the plausibility of your claims, signal that any solidarity with you would be conditional, which is of course not what we want of allies.”
In short, we sometimes use controversial events as litmus tests to see who is really on our side. If you express the right amount of outrage, then I know you’re part of my group. But if you don’t, then maybe I need to question where your loyalties really lie.
But this can also go haywire real quick, especially when it already involves prejudice. Now, on the flip side, the energy from this outrage could be channeled to address and resolve issues that would benefit many people without stepping on other’s toes or infringing on their rights.
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