Suicide and the Art of Outrage

woman-yelling-at-laptopThe Atheist Revolution had an interesting article today about Robin Williams’ suicide and the subsequent uproar from the collective Internet over comments made by Shepard Smith.  I was totally unaware of any of this, of course, because I don’t pay attention to the constant whine coming from the online community.  I’m fine with suicide, as I’ve said before, the only one who has a valid opinion on life as an ongoing concern for Robin Williams is Robin Williams and if he chooses to kill himself, I’m entirely fine with that.  His life, his choice.  I’ve never met the guy, I’ve enjoyed some of his work, but I have no say in his life, his career or his choices.  My sole response upon hearing that he had died was “bye Robin”.

But that’s not true of a lot of people online and it’s not just Robin Williams, it’s every time anyone dies, every time anyone makes a bad choice, picks a show to be on, etc.  It’s rampant among the Hollywood zombies, the people who follow everything that happens in Tinseltown, where people get personally and fanatically involved in the minutia.  These people are idiots.

Now it doesn’t really matter what Shepard Smith might have said to spark all of this, he suggested that Williams took the cowardly way out and he’s welcome to his opinion.  Then again, Shepard Smith is writing online, which might be seen as being a cowardly way to avoid getting punched in the face, but I digress.

This doesn’t only apply to Hollywood though, this is the typical tactics of those Social Justice Wingnuts, Atheism+ as well.  They’re professional victims and imaginary victim advocates.  They get outraged online.  They yell at people for a living.  They don’t actually *DO* anything, they just yell about it.  It’s sort of like prayer, sitting around talking about a problem instead of getting off your ass and doing something to solve it. It’s just a means to stroke their own egos and feel good about themselves without inconveniencing themselves in the slightest way.  When was the last time Atheism+ organized a blood drive?  Or built anything for Habitat for Humanity?  Or organized their members to go out to homeless shelters or food banks to help?  They might have done so but I sure haven’t heard about it.  All they do, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, is complain about things.  They’re outraged.  They’re just not outraged enough to actually do anything about it.  That would be too difficult!  This is all about expressing themselves to a world they think is hanging on their every word, dying to know what they think about every subject. As vjack says, it’s like the people who post pictures of every meal they eat, every outfit they wear and everywhere they  go. Sorry, you self-centered morons, your life just isn’t that important!

Unfortunately, while it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get these self-important gits to go away, it’s the rest of us who are the real problem because we give them exactly what they want, we give them attention, positive or negative. We stand by and comment on their nonsense, we fuel their whoredom and so long as that’s true, they’re not going to stop.  Why should they, we’re providing them with everything they want!  So long as we pay attention, so long as we play along with the fake outrage, we play right into their hands.

So please, stop.  Just stop.  Sure, it might be sad that Robin Williams killed himself, maybe we can learn something from it, maybe not.  Screw Shepard Smith.  He’s welcome to his opinions, I’m welcome to totally ignore them.  And beyond that, I wasn’t aware of the uproar because I don’t pay attention to the attention-whores.  I don’t listen. You shouldn’t either or you’re contributing to the mess.  What is it they say, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem?  I’m part of the solution.  Why doesn’t everyone else jump on that bandwagon?

8 thoughts on “Suicide and the Art of Outrage

  1. I think the biggest outrage was over the fact that Williams was depressed, and so he might have not been in the correct mental state to be making the decision of ending his life. Although now it turns out he was starting to display Parkinson's symptoms, so maybe he was completely rational when he did it.

    Basically, it was highly insensitive to make the comment without the full picture. Especially considering Williams had a history of depression. Just my thoughts.
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    1. Yeah but this is just a common thing, people assume that anyone who considers suicide has to have something wrong with them because nobody in their right mind would ever want to kill themselves under any circumstances. Regardless of what might have been true of Robin Williams, that's not the case with everyone and looking for an excuse to explain away behavior one might not like, just because you don't like it is absurd.

        1. But most people, people who are personally terrified of death, assert that anyone who doesn't want to cling to life must be out of their minds. It's not the case, these people are just afraid of dying so assume everyone else is too. It ain't necessarily so.

  2. FYI. "ATHEISTS UNITED" OF LOS ANGELES, IS AN ATHEIST GROUP WHICH IN 1983, I WAS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS, HAS BLOOD DRIVES AT VERIOUS TIMES DURING A YEAR, THEY CLEAN A SECTION OF A HIGHWAY, GO ON CANCER AND AIDS "WALKS" AS WELL AS DOING OTHER GOOD ACTS.

    "WE ARE ATHEISM" HELPS THOSE IN NEED AND MANY OTHER ATHEIST GROUPS DO GOOD THINGS.

    1. And that's a good thing, yet the "social justice warriors" don't operate like that, at least from what I've seen. There was a time, back when I cared at all about what they do or say, when they voted on their forum about what kind of activism to do and they turned down all actual good works in favor of remaining online and whining.

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