Impotence Rage

Impotence Rage

Matt HealeySaturday,7 June 2014

The Snap:

I wrote a comment in the NYT a while back in response to an editorial by Charles Blow. The column was about the why we are not enraged. How come the population is not more upset by the political system? With everything that is happening we should be outraged. I may have even written about it here, but I can’t remember. Let me be clear – we are outraged, it is just that there is nothing we can do about it.

The Download:

It is a feeling I call Impotence Rage. It is the anger that you feel at a system that is so stacked against you that there is nothing you can do. Let me give you an example. It involved that favorite American pastime – getting fucked by the air travel industry. We will start with the trip to Bermuda that never happened. We arrived at Logan on time for our Jet Blue flight to Bermuda. We were at the gate when things started going wrong. The flights was delayed due to fuel issues. Then there apparently was a meeting of the brain trust at Jet Blue – apparently this group had the corporate brain cell that day – to “crunch some numbers” to see about the fuel situation. Finally word came down that there was a fire in Bermuda and all flights to Bermuda would be canceled. The problem was that no one in Bermuda knew about this, and every other flight made it. So we were lied to by the gate agent. This is not a surprise. After all, the American pastime is being fucked by the air travel industry. So we looked into rebooking our flight. We were originally scheduled to fly out on Thursday and fly back on Tuesday. The earliest they could get us out was Sunday to fly back on Tuesday. We got fucked. That made no sense, so we had to cancel. Fortunately we did not lose the hotel deposit, as we were able to get the refunded, but I did lose 1 vacation day that I spent at Logan airport getting ass-raped by Jet Blue.

The real problem is there is nothing you can do about it. Jet Blue lied to us, fucked us out of our vacation, and there is nothing we can do about it. The gate agent couldn’t do anything about it other than to tell us to call the 1-800 number. I think it was 1-800-JETBLULE, but it might have well been 1-800-SQUEAL-LIKE-A-PIG. There was nothing they could do but refer us to the web site. So I sent an email through the web site and guess what – got no response. We got fucked and there is nothing we can do about it.

This is the state of modern society. We routinely get fucked and there is nothing we can do but take it. I know it is convenient to blame the gun lobby for the rise in mass shootings, but I would say that we have to look beyond that. We need to look at mental health and the impact of impotence rage on the desire to take an AR-15 and start shooting people. You can only push people so far before the push back.

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