Need an issue over which to get red in the face? Last year might go down in the history books as the year of outrage.
Now we’re not saying there wasn’t a lot to be angry about in 2017, but did Oak Park and the rest of the country take it too far? Did we get mad and bully people on the internet and then go get a pizza and forget about it?
Did we actually have the courage of our convictions and take action? Did we listen to the arguments of our opponents?
Cathy Yen, executive director of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, got her own taste of the outrage machine in 2017 and gave a thoughtful presentation on the topic at this year’s TEDxOakParkWomen talk.
Her insightful talk on outrage is worth considering for the New Year. And if you don’t, well, we hope you die in a fire.
The lecture “Why Outrage Has the Power to Save or Destroy our Communities” is available online at https://youtu.be/i9dABmhwypM.