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Dr. Don Baham

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Beyond Outrage

By Don Baham – February 23, 2016

The first thought that comes to mind when I think about The Donald winning in Nevada yesterday is Matt Monroe’s song “There Are No Words for Love” …


Because in trying to think of a word to name the emotional turmoil that I am experiencing right now as I squint at my monitor screen I am stuck with “outrage” which seem woefully inadequate and demands I dig even impossibly deeper to settle for a similarly inadequate term that indicates “beyond outrage” …


As I ponder how this calamity has come about I consider:

  1. the contributions of the American undemocratic “democratic” presidential process (superdelegates),

  2. and the media’s complicity in amplifying and broadcasting the propagandistic self-serving dog-whistle issues created by the candidates spinmeisters to the extent that really important issues are seriously subordinated,

  3. and most of the electorate’s susceptibility to brainwashing,

  4. and the inability of the underclass to even recognize that they are being bamboozled by the ruling elite ...

I react to any of the above contributions to my dilemma with different degrees of identifiable anger or even outrage but because my neocortex is humanly limited I reserve the superlative “beyond outrage” for when I allow myself to consider the distinct possibility of speciescide ...


I am stuck because all of my learning about psychology and human behavior includes the theory that an emotion or feeling that is not welcome can be attended to such that the human can do what’s required to abate or replace that feeling …


As I ponder this dilemma or “dream the impossible dream” I feel compelled to accept “speciescide” even if it’s not in my or future generation’s lifetime …


Or prepare for a revolution …