"Touch me with noble anger"
I spoke below of being enraged by the EU's treatment of African fishermen.
What is my reaction to tragedies caused by the largely witless Human Rights Act, which tramples on victims? Here is one of hundreds of examples.
"Touch me with noble anger," said Lear. Is there such a thing?
I feel it. I believe there is. I believe that noble anger can help us to identify and respond to something that is dead wrong. Noble anger moves us to take action when we experience unfairness, when we see a child being hurt, when we realize something irreplaceable and precious, such as the British Constitution, is being destroyed.
Jesus, you remember, was angered by the money-changers in the temple of God, and threw them out. That, I think, was noble anger.
No true person would turn the cheek of a child or a parent and force them to become victims. She defends them, and defends herself when attacked, and so would any self-respecting person of any religion or none. That is noble anger.
Most of us would be horrified and sad to kill anyone in self-defence, but we realize there is a difference between killing in self-defence and murder. ("Do not murder" is the literal translation of the Old Testament Commandment. The typical translation, "Do not kill" is not correct, as the historic verdict of manslaughter attests.) We understand that difficult as a murderer's life may have been, there is a difference between a murderer and his victim, and no human rights act could or should persuade us otherwise.
Noble anger created Britain's history of liberty under the law.
Noble anger would do something about Darfur. Noble anger would walk away from the European Union and the Human Rights Act. Noble anger would get us back to the first principles that make people ethical, brave, and successful.