An Inside Story ANGER
EVERYONE of us gets angry to some degree in our lives, it can vary in intensity from mild irritation to impatience to intolerance to indignation and finally we can erupt into a temper tirade, the sole objective then being to verbally deride, humiliate or possibly even physically abuse the person who has dared to affront us.
This can also be the case for us collectively when our governments and institutions – religious institutions especially – believe they have been wronged. Look at all our religious wars, and the violence in the Middle East at the moment, waged simply because one side has a different religious belief than the other side.
Anger is uncompromising, exhibiting uncontrollable feelings of extreme dislike or even hatred. In its purest form, it exudes feelings of self-destructiveness. Anger may provoke feuds that can go on for many years… and may even persist long after the person or persons who originally caused another a seeming grievous wrong is dead.
Any provocation can ignite the fire of anger. For instance, it can be manifested by an individual insinuating blame on another, whether it is warranted or not, or who belittles or spurns their love, or simply does something they don’t like… road rage is a common form of this type of uncontrolled anger. Thankfully most of us are not as volatile as that.
If we look honestly at ourselves, we may see a connection between what we feel when we think we have been unjustly accused or things don’t go the way we think they should and the bubbling cauldron of anger that subsequently arises and seethes within us, creating the spontaneous urge to scornfully react.
Whenever we get angry we need to become consciously aware of our anger before it erupts and realize that it is ourselves that suffer the most from these outbursts. Self awareness puts a damper on anger’s fires.
It’s impossible for us to be angry ‘now’, anger needs time, the past and future in which to brew and percolate, in the present moment there is simply nothing to be angry about. It’s quite okay whatever happens….
Dan’s Quote: “It is said that anger is the last thing in a man to grow old.”– Alcaeus