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Healthy Outrage

WithWeiss Alan

An aspect of "healthy outrage" is ego restraint. Perspective is important in healthy venting because people need understanding and not frustration. Ironically, one of the most important aspects of healthy outrage is the discretion to know when to apply it and when not to. The opposite of healthy outrage is tolerance. There are issues that are important and need to be corrected or otherwise addressed, and there are issues that are unimportant and merely need to be tolerated. Tolerance is a result of the judgment, knowing when a principle needs defending and when taste justifies a compromise or concession. Most major religions speak in some way of the virtues of tolerance and forgiveness. As some of someone no doubt recognize, Christ, especially, talked about tolerance and forgiveness, fundamental tenets of Christianity. Forgiveness does take a great deal of personal confidence and intention.