When minor problems provoke great rage

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

I think this issue of rage crops up in a lot of areas of human life, including software:

Here’s Erick Erickson engaged in what could be considered an incitement to violence:

At what point do the people tell the politicians to go to hell? At what point do they get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?

So what motivated this rage? Regulations banning phosphate in dishwasher detergent, which Erickson believed was causing his dishes to get inadequately cleaned.

There has to be some significance in the awesome triviality of the things that induce rage. But I don’t understand it.

Some of this has to do with the extent that a problem can be made personal. People don’t feel rage about the weather, because the weather is just Nature. But they can become livid about banning phosphate in dishwasher detergent because they can read about particular politicians who decided on this policy.