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John Noonan @noonanjo
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A few things I've notice about people who've spent the last 16 months just rawly emoting:
1. People don't realize the personal toll anger extracts. It's bad for you. Affects your mood and your health. I've watched friends completely change. They can't turn off the news. They wake up pissed and go to bed pissed.
2. Lack of basic civic understanding. Protests are cathartic exercises. So is venting on social media. But being angry doesn't make your vote count 2x. You want change? You get your chance ever 2-4 years.
3. Utter lack of perspective. Everything a 5-alarm fire. Everything a crisis of democracy. People then place the onus of "saving the Republic" on themselves. Which of course it absurd, and only ends up frustrating people more.
4. Utter lack of historical perspective. Are we in some weird political times? Yes. Are these times the worst and gravest challenge our country has ever faced? No. Do hysterics, pettiness, and sniping from both sides help us get through this mess? No.
5. Mistaking activity for achievement. "I went outside the homeland security's house and yelled stuff!" Ok. As a Republican, I suppose I'm happy you're doing that instead of something that matters. Like registering new voters in West Virginia or Montana.
6. Adult Immaturity. "But he started it!!" was a bogus excuse in grade school. Nowhere is it written that bad behavior by others absolves you of personal accountability and agency. Historical protest movements have been won by civility, not silly antics (King, Mandela, Gandhi)
7. Your political beliefs do not make you a good person. Your actions do.
8. Political anger is kind of like cocaine. Gives you a self-satisfied rush, but ultimately destroys you and your relationships. It's what happens when you lose the patience to deal with politics the proper way (voting, volunteering).
9. Things you can control vs. things you can't control.

You can't control external events. The harder you try, the greater the cost to things you can control. Your personal happiness, your friendships, your value to society.
10. So for God's sake. Chill out. Be patient. Don't be so damned self-important all the time. You'll get your chance to vent at the polls. And if that's too far away, volunteer for a good cause.

I remember social media when it was 90% cat gifs. We were much better off then.
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