I’ve seen variations of a couple of quotes, which many have claimed and many more attributed to the well-known person from which they first heard it. The first is, “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.” The second is, “People like being outraged and offended constantly, it makes us feel superior.”

For those among us who are not wise enough to stop watching the news or scrolling through social media we have become accustomed to a constant stream of self-righteous, sarcastic, mean-spirited, half-truth, and carefully chosen vitriol. Maybe I overstate it a bit, but not by much. Even if we do not abide it, it is a constant battle to keep it at bay.

Sean Niestrath lives and ministers in Madisonville. You may contact him via email at sean.niestrath@outlook.com.