I guess I am pissed off January 6, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in politics, science.
You ever get pissed off, but not realize you were? You only realize it when you discover than you are taking it out on someone else? As a scientist I’ve been trained to approach every problem logically. So, logically, I should never take out my anger on one thing on someone that is not a fault. Right? Ops. Forgot I was a human!!
I met some friends in the 5-Star bar this evening. Lots of fun. While there I met a couple about 5 years older than me. Three kids, oldest is 16 (wow). The woman is a real-estate speculator, and still doing well because she got into it long before the bubble started. The guy is a lawyer here in downtown Chicago. Sounded pretty successful.
I’m not sure how it happened, but the politics thing came up. He made a huge series of jokes, each one ending with “but, I’m apolitical! I don’t have a political bone in my body!”.
All of a sudden, to my horror, I discovered I was lecturing him on how it does actually affect what you do and you should care. Let me make this clear: I’d known this guy about 5 minutes, in a bar, after about 3 beers. And I was lecturing him!
This was clearly my suppressed anger from the way politics seems to have messed with particle physics. While I’m sorry I lectured him (he was good natured – offered to buy me a drink), I’m not sorry I got angry; I just wish I could have yelled at the right people! So, the real question now is: where to direct that anger so it makes a difference!?