Vitriol

by Daniel McNeet on March 9, 2012

Good day, good people.

For devotees of the English language: mizzy is a swamp.

In the political thriller, “Operation Downfall” the vitriol escalates between the vice president and his supporters to the permanent disadvantage of the vice president.

Vitriol is the extreme bitterness, hatred and denigration toward others in speech and writing. It is alarming and disconcerting. It is a lack of consideration for others and bad manners, too. It is like a mizzy on the Internet.

Outrage, the feeling of intense anger or indignation, is different. It caused the people to take to the streets because of intolerance. They tried to assemble, demonstrate and protest peacefully. The result was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We had protests against the war in Vietnam. When the public no longer supported the war, they assembled, protested and the war ended. The Occupy Wall Street movement, the Arab Spring and other protests against inequality and intolerance around the world, I hope will persevere to positive solutions.

One of the many wonderful things about the United States is: the First Amendment of the Constitution which is a part of the Bill of Rights. It prohibits the making of any law “. . . interfering with the right to peaceably assemble . . .”

The First Amendment also prohibits the making of any law “. . . abridging the freedom of speech . . .”

“If it were thought that anything I wrote was influenced by Robert Frost, I would take that particular work of mine, shred it, and flush it down the toilet, hoping not to clog the pipes.” James Dickey So, is Dickey’s quotation vitriol or outrage?

“I can’t read ten pages of Steinbeck without throwing up.” James Gould Cozzens Is Cozzens quotation envy, vitriol or outrage? Even Pulitzer Prize winners have human frailties.

“. . . There is such a trash of [John] Keats and the like on my tables that I am ashamed to look at them. . . .” Lord Byron One might wonder why Byron would keep “such trash” on his table so he had to look at it, if in fact he did.

“Hemingway has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” William Faulkner.

One might spend some time thinking about what event or events would cause someone to be unpleasant toward another. Maybe, it is similar to being penalized for a foul in sporting events. The official does not see the first blow, but does see the second and the offender cannot understand why he is being punished or ridiculed for getting even. For that is what happens.

It always reminds me of Rashomon; the great film about the philosophy of justice, the seeking of truth by Akira Kurosawa. It is a must see if the opportunity presents itself and you have not seen it.

Imagine an intersection with four corners. One person is standing on each corner. An accident happens in the middle of the intersection. When the police arrive each person is interviewed and each gives a different version of what happened. Each is telling the truth, but as he or she sees it. The information they provide may be inaccurate. You can tell the truth and still provide inaccurate information.
Is there any benefit to vitriol? What is your thought?

Contacting me with comments and constructive criticisms with honesty and pleasantness their constant companions will always be welcomed.

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