Overreaction

Overreaction doesn’t seem like it at the time. People react and get carried away by events. A small thing becomes a big thing. Lives, careers, and marriages are lost because people can’t step back and put things in perspective. There is a Japanese saying, “You win by losing”. This would be like the English saying “Winning the battle and losing the war”.

What I hate about the incident in Minnesota is how many innocent people have to suffer because of people who overreacted. Injustice relayed is justice waylaid.

May the guilty be punished and the innocent be left alone. But when the media and some politicians care more about selling stories than solving things they fan the flames. They like burning the house down. What do they care for they live someplace else.I

Have you noticed that the person who overreacts hardly ever takes responsibility? It is always the other person’s fault. “They made me do it.”

Any good lessons on how to not overreact?

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15 thoughts on “Overreaction”

  1. Overreaction? Not hardly! This was violent, criminal behavior that frankly had nothing to do with the death of this young man. It was an opportunistic reaction people look forward to so they can loot and loot and did I mention loot?

    The four policeman involved were immediately arrested and will be put on trial unlike the hundreds of gang-bangers who shot 1003 people so far in Chicago as of 5/2020. Where are the protests against that heinous statistic?

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  2. 10 Cents:
    How do you know when you have overreacted?

    Oh I have overreacted, and usually I have to eat a some crow and apologize. but it think the problem is that so many people nowadays lack humility. It takes humility to say, I’m sorry or that I was wrong. This comes from the top I believe. So many people in charge never admit to any wrong doing and always try to slap the blame on someone else.

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  3. Mate De:

    10 Cents:
    How do you know when you have overreacted?

    Oh I have overreacted, and usually I have to eat a some crow and apologize. but it think the problem is that so many people nowadays lack humility. It takes humility to say, I’m sorry or that I was wrong. This comes from the top I believe. So many people in charge never admit to any wrong doing and always try to slap the blame on someone else.

    But Bryan …

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  4. Mate De, you not only day you are sorry but you also can laugh at yourself. I do think your overreaction has some limits. (You have had a lot of practice.) You can spot overreaction in others so that helps to see things. You have good people in your life.

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  5. EThompson:
    Overreaction? Not hardly! This was violent, criminal behavior

    And calculated at that.  And while the violent criminals are few, all those standing around watching and taking video guilty as well.    At some point they cross over from peaceful protestors to aiding and abetting a crime.

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  6. Ed K:

    EThompson:
    Overreaction? Not hardly! This was violent, criminal behavior

    And calculated at that.  And while the violent criminals are few, all those standing around watching and taking video guilty as well.    At some point they cross over from peaceful protestors to aiding and abetting a crime.

    Yeah, I thought the crowd that was chanting and mugging for each others’ selfies and the news cameras in front of the burning police building should have all been rounded up, or at least sent packing with pepper spray.   Reports said that the police had abandoned the area.  I suppose that was orders from the top.

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  7. I’m reminded of Tom Wolfe’s “Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers”     A snippet follows…

    The bureaucrats at City Hall and in the Office of Economic Opportunity talked “ghetto” all the time, but they didn’t know any more about what was going on in the Western Addition, Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, the Mission, Chinatown, or south of Market Street than they did about Zanzibar. They didn’t know where to look. They didn’t even know who to ask. So what could they do? Well . . . they used the Ethnic Catering Service . . . right. . . They sat back and waited for you to come rolling in with your certified angry militants, your guaranteed frustrated ghetto youth, looking like a bunch of wild men. Then you had your test confrontation. If you were outrageous enough, if you could shake up the bureaucrats so bad that their eyes froze into iceballs and their mouths twisted up into smiles of sheer physical panic, into shit-eating grins, so to speak—then they knew you were the real goods. They knew you were the right studs to give the poverty grants and community organizing jobs to. Otherwise they wouldn’t know. There was one genius in the art of confrontation who had mau-mauing down to what you could term a laboratory science. He had it figured out so he didn’t even have to bring his boys downtown in person. He would just show up with a crocus sack full of revolvers, ice picks, fish knives, switchblades, hatchets, blackjacks, gravity knives, straight razors, hand grenades, blow guns, bazookas, Molotov cocktails, tank rippers, unbelievable stuff, and he’d dump it all out on somebody’s shiny walnut conference table. He’d say, “These are some of the things I took off my boys last night . . . I don’t know, man . . . Thirty minutes ago I talked a Panther out of busting up a cop . . .” And they would lay money on this man’s ghetto youth patrol like it was now or never . . . The Ethnic Catering Service . . . Once they hired the Ethnic Catering Service, the bureaucrats felt like it was all real. They’d say to themselves, “We’ve given jobs to a hundred of the toughest hard-core youth in Hunters Point. The problem is on the way to being solved.” They never inquired if the bloods they were giving the jobs to were the same ones who were causing the trouble.

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  8. 10 Cents:
    Mate De, you not only day you are sorry but you also can laugh at yourself. I do think your overreaction has some limits. (You have had a lot of practice.) You can spot overreaction in others so that helps to see things. You have good people in your life.

    I think you are right Dime, I can overreact but never get too carried away, and yes I can see it in others but I really am trying to be more charitable to people. The lack of redemption and charity in our culture is what is really making things toxic, I believe. Like that woman in Central Park who, I guess overreacted? I mean She was provoked and didn’t know how to handle the situation and probably could have handled things differently but now her life is ruined. Talk about an overreaction….. from the public. We are definitely a culture who has lost our Christian roots. What ever happened to “judge not lest you be judged.” Or “”Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” . Too many people seem to relish in the failings of others without looking at the flaws in themselves. There is no charity.

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  9. Mate De:

    10 Cents:
    Mate De, you not only day you are sorry but you also can laugh at yourself. I do think your overreaction has some limits. (You have had a lot of practice.) You can spot overreaction in others so that helps to see things. You have good people in your life.

    I think you are right Dime, I can overreact but never get too carried away, and yes I can see it in others but I really am trying to be more charitable to people. The lack of redemption and charity in our culture is what is really making things toxic, I believe. Like that woman in Central Park who, I guess overreacted? I mean She was provoked and didn’t know how to handle the situation and probably could have handled things differently but now her life is ruined. Talk about an overreaction….. from the public. We are definitely a culture who has lost our Christian roots. What ever happened to “judge not lest you be judged.” Or “”Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” . Too many people seem to relish in the failings of others without looking at the flaws in themselves. There is no charity.

    A good test is when you are angry is to see if are doing the same thing and not noticing it.
    We live in a society of 5 seconds of infamy.That is all it takes to destroy a life. I remember one person made a joke about Africa before a flight and when she landed she was out of a job and branded a racist.

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