Indignation, The Fallacy of.

Indignation is an urban emotion: it looks for action to be taken by someone else, believing that the way forward is agitation. It begs the question: if you are indignant about something, it has to be an outrage, and caused by someone other than you—otherwise, of course, you wouldn’t be indignant, would you? And it is urban in the sense that, in the city, it is easy to get away, so you can absent yourself from a conversation, indignantly telling the other person you find his views repugnant. You won’t be needing to borrow his horse.

Out of town, it is different. It is a waste of time being indignant in a field of buttercups. You have to see to it yourself. That may involve time in a circumstance not of your choosing, in a conversation not on your terms.

 

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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was an economist, historian and writer, based in London. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, Lean Logic and Surviving the Future. A film about his perspective and legacy - The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? - was released in 2019, directed by BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong. For more information, including on Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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