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The movie Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki, is a japanese cartoon that unlike most others, is set in the past. In this past the wilderness of earth contains a magical quality that is slowly being destroyed by an industrialized society. The animals in this magical realm are all enraged by the encroachment of humankind and thier exploitation of the natural resources. The humans on the other hand, are seeking to create weapons and inflict thier domainance over all things.

The lead character is a female who runs a fortified city of downtrodden people manufacturing gunpowder. She is the Ayn Rand character of the film, the uber-capitalist who sees the earth as nothing more than an object to be owned and destroyed, if need to be, in order to maintain her political strength over the larger society as a whole.

There are multiple sets of of animals in the magical forest, all in various states of rage over what this woman and her workers are doing to the forest. Over time these animals are overcome with rage until they are filled with an evil spirit that overtakes them. At this point they go beserk and destroy everything in their path without any regard to life.

Then there is Princess Mononoke, raised by the wolves. She is the protaganist to the leader of the city, and along with the wolves, uses her cunning to wreak havoc on the fortified humans.

Which do you want to be? The animal slowly overcome with rage, capable of being manipulated and controlled by those who are more cunning than you? Wouldn't you rather be the cunning protaganist who is able to see seven steps ahead in the game?

I see alot of outrage here on Dailykos, and very little organizing. For the three hundred diaries a day that proclaim how pissed on we are about this that or the other, wouldn't those diaries be better spent figuring how to convince Democrats to share thier voter rolls nationwide?

In the words of Palapatine, and later, Darth Vader himself:

"You anger serves you well"

Who is up to putting the outrage aside for a while, and focusing on some more constructive things?

My Name is Roboton, and I am a recovering Rageoholic...

Originally posted to roboton on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 10:48 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Please don't hurt me. (1+ / 0-)
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    First they call you a traitor, then they pass the Patriot Act II, then they tap your phone, then you move to Canada. -- Mohandas Gandhi

    by roboton on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 10:46:44 PM PDT

  •  I would like no to be.... (2+ / 0-)
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    roboton, SeattleLiberal

    I would like to be less enraged.  But I keep feeling like I should have stood on the street corner against this war.  I know it is wrong and yet I had my reasons for not speaking out.  I am more afraid than enraged at this point.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 11:16:26 PM PDT

    •  Me too. (1+ / 0-)
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      What is effective?

      I don't know anymore, but when I do nothing but spew rage day after day after day on Dailykos I wear myself to the bone.

      First they call you a traitor, then they pass the Patriot Act II, then they tap your phone, then you move to Canada. -- Mohandas Gandhi

      by roboton on Fri Jun 30, 2006 at 07:01:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  if i see outrage i'll fuckin speak on it (5+ / 0-)

    is that so hard to fuckin understand?

    you have a president whose has lead his branch of government to state that he will not be overruled by any other branch of government.

    that is called a fucking king.

    you can speak on it if you like.   i couldnt give a shit less really.   i'll speak out on what i feel is important and the most outrageous thing in the history of our nation is surely outraging enough to be outraged for me whether you like it or not.

    if you find that to be something mutually exclusive to action, which is called for and delivered upon every day here in this community, then go on with your bad self.   outrage is what fuels most of the action that happens here.   but you knew that, of course, and your claim that there is no action being taken kind of makes your claims a bit of a farce, doesnt it.

    Did you actually post this diary within hours of a diary showing that BushCo has decided that the Supreme Court no longer matters?  Oh did.

    Please don't hurt you?   Please think before diarying something so absurd as this.   Good lord, you've gotta be kidding me.

    te amo, aja

    ..::::THE IMPEACH PROJECT::::..

    by tlh lib on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 11:29:26 PM PDT

  •  Golly, I know some people think Democrats ... (4+ / 0-)
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    Sharoney, SeattleLiberal, irate, begone

    ...can't chew gum and walk at the same time, but I assure you that Kossacks can.

  •  It's not outrage. (0+ / 0-)

    It's a "Kairos" moment.
           and by the way, I just "broke wind" in your diary

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" President Merkin Muffley

    by irate on Fri Jun 30, 2006 at 03:22:24 AM PDT

  •  outrage is called for (0+ / 0-)

    Like everyone else, I would prefer to go back to the relatively peaceful years of 1995-97, when the GOPpers were in retreat, the Dems were governing as best they could with the giant lead weight of Republican recalcitrance on their backs, and we could just focus on the things we enjoyed in life: family, friends, sports, commerce, art, music. We were so much more productive and happy then.

    But for the past 8 years the American Dream has been under attack by fascists, neo-conmen, and neo-Confederacy types.

    Outrage is called for. And now we need to stop even trying to defend.


    •  Ok, Outrage to warp 10, (0+ / 0-)

      then what?

      I have spent 6 years pissed off to the point of it being damaging to me, my wife, and my children.

      Outrage has been destroying me from the inside out, and I have snapped.

      Outrage has outlived its usefulness for me. Time for me to become constructive instead of reactive.

      First they call you a traitor, then they pass the Patriot Act II, then they tap your phone, then you move to Canada. -- Mohandas Gandhi

      by roboton on Fri Jun 30, 2006 at 06:59:19 AM PDT

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  •  Such Visceral Reactions! (0+ / 0-)

    So this is what "Eating your own" looks like eh?

    Yes Outrage is absolutely called for, but year after year, diary after diary, comment after comment, it begins to wear away the effectiveness.

    When outrage is just another way of communicating, how do we express nuance?

    Th Lib:

    I realize that there is change happening here, but it is not outrage and being pissed off that fuels it. It is calm analysis, anticipation, and thoughtful comments from people who know how to stop the world long enough to see it from enough angles so they can decipher a wise course of action. YearlyKos is a wonderful example of something not based on merely frothing at mouth. It took alot of hard work, and a lot of love to get that conference off the ground. I don't recall see any "FUCKING HATE GW? THEN GO TO YKOS!!!" diaries here.

    Fear mongering and Whipping up the Base are not Democratic Principles.

    Let's get to business.

    And BTW, it you read the Kairos Doucument, written during apartheid, it is still a very modest, powerful, simple, rationally written, and highly thoughtful document. The authors of that document had to know how to CHANNEL thier outrage into some kind of form that could elicit change.

    We need to figure out how to do that.

    Sorry to be just another brick in the "done pissed you off" wall

    First they call you a traitor, then they pass the Patriot Act II, then they tap your phone, then you move to Canada. -- Mohandas Gandhi

    by roboton on Fri Jun 30, 2006 at 06:52:33 AM PDT

  •  Anger can be a motivator... (0+ / 0-)

    I definitely agree that too much outrage can be paralyzing... but personally, anger is what kicks my butt into gear & makes me do something! It's much more productive than just stewing... but w/o the anger (fueled, sometimes, by righteous complaining w/other lefties), I don't think I would do nearly as much to fight this stuff.

    I'd rather be angry than be despairing.

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