Angry New Yorker

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
"The World Needs Anger."

You've probably never heard this statement voiced in polite company in recent time. Yet the common man of just two generations or more ago would have understood it. We here at Angry New Yorker know it to be true. The world DOES need anger. But not the blind, fist-pumping, burn-an-effigy anger all too common in many corners of the world and B-roll footage. Rather, the world needs "righteous anger" that takes umbrage at evil and injustice and channels the angry energy into appropriate action. It's the type of anger we try to cultivate here. So we were pleased to note on an essay by David Rusin in today's Pajamas Media that makes just this point on the anniversary of 9/11. The essay is worth a read, and is entitled "Looking Back in Anger" and quotes Father Bede Jarrett who understood well that, "The world needs anger. The world often continues to allow evil because it isn't angry enough. "

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