“The rain follows the sun” is a German proverb. But what really follows a storm of outrage? What happens when the emotions are so strong that people react with outright hatred? It seems naive for the mind to come out right away, like sun after rain. It’s time to …

“The rain follows the sun” is a German proverb. But what really follows a storm of outrage? What happens when the emotions are so strong that people react with outright hatred? It seems naive for the mind to come out right away, like sun after rain. It’s time to ask what the steady waves of outrage are doing to our chat culture.

Latest example: the modern pentathlete Annika Schleu in show jumping in Tokyo. You don’t have to be a horse lover to find the scenes with his assigned rider disturbing. For many, emotions have boiled and found their outlet on Twitter or Instagram. For a very vocal part of the users, this is just the animal cruelty allegation against Annika Schleu and her trainer.

Let’s be clear: cruelty to animals is to be rejected and it’s good that we have become much more sensitive about it. But is this the end of the story? A supposed animal abuser is called out? At some point all will be calm around you and a right-thinking community just waiting for the next animal cruelty scandal at the Olympics?

Many waves of outrage today are similar. Ultimately, there are allegations in the room that can no longer be rooted out. And a person has to live with the hatred that strikes him. A sort of modern fragmented court where there is only an indictment but no verdict.

In doing so, we are able to bring together all the indignation in order to change something. The fact that wild animals are viewed critically in the circus today is the result of such a process that did not end with the demotion of a circus.

Even with modern pentathlon, there are ideas on how to improve the sport in terms of athletes and animals. People who want to change something need support. Then the storm of outrage could actually lead to sunnier times for a sport.