Anger continued on past its usefulness becomes unjust, then dangerous…it fuels not positive activism but regression, obsession, vengeance, self-righteousness. Corrosive, it feeds of itself, destroying its host in the process.
Ursula K Le Guin
I've seen this quote a couple of times and it sparked something we talked about in Bible study last week. We're doing a study around the seven "deadly" sins and the topic was wrath. The author talked bout how "righteous" anger can turn into something else entirely. I was struck by how much of the disgust and revulsion at the parade of public figures caught up in various sexual misbehaviors has generated a tide of appropriate anger at the harm done, the lies told, and the misuse of power and authority. Yet, I'm also struck by how much of the people expressing this "justified" anger seem to revel in it. To almost use the lack of what they consider an appropriate degree of anger as a litmus test to affirm their superiority. I wondered than, and still do, how much of what started out as righteous indignation and anger, is turning into something else entirely.
Seems like Ursula just might agree with my take.