My former professor, Robert Reich, writes:
Not long ago I was debating someone on television. I thought the discussion was going well until the commercial break when a producer said into my earpiece “be angrier.”
“Why should I be angrier?” I asked him, irritated that he hadn’t appreciated the thoughtfulness of debate.
“That’s how we get channel surfers to stop and watch the program,” the producer explained. “Eyeballs are attracted to anger.”
Well, an angry guy flew a plane into an IRS building in Texas yesterday, killing at least one other person besides himself.
This seems to be an angry time at our country. The angry voices are heard, and the news media does not report the quiet, reasonable ones.
Should we Humanists get angry? Should we become agressive, militant, and violent in our rhetoric?
I’d say no. We’re not in this for ratings or to maximize our income, but rather to make the world a little bit better. I don’t think anger will help us. But I would appreciate some suggestions on who to improve our communications so we do have our voices heard.