Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. ~Albert Einstein
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~Buddha
“Anger is an Energy.” ~ Johnny Lydon of PiL
You don’t need your family, a psychiatrist, or even an expensive three-day anger management in a fancy resort just to inform you that the violent outbursts of ones anger are generally frowned upon in society and are far from constructive. I think the ones seeking this soulful intervention are most well aware of these facts. Today we are probably angrier than we have ever been. Being actively angry is still seen as an apparent lack of control, lack of good judgment, and a general lack of cool. Anger as an emotion is more or less considered useless, in its most benign form, and potentially harmful and destructive when allowed to run riot over our emotional landscape.
Things we tend to do with our Anger.
You can stifle your anger, stuff it inside of you. But remember, the energy you’ve created is perpetual. It won’t go away simply because you’re keeping it inside of you. Like all energy what it will do is, it will dodge its way out causing the much condemned collateral damage to you surroundings.
You can use your anger to create more anger by sharing it with others. When you give voice to your anger, such as telling everyone you know the story of what that so-and-so did to you, you share not only your words, you share your anger. Well, not a good idea either.
You can vent your anger with hard physical activity, such as chopping wood, running, or working out. This transforms the energy of anger to physical energy, which is beneficial energy. But does to deal with the reason which brought the flame and the fuel together. Not in most cases..unless you are a chef or an athlete.
Grrrr! So, what the #@*≈ are we supposed to do with all of this anger? Just reason it away? Sublimate it with lots of TV, chocolate, booze, reflexology or pop an anxiety control pill to snooze it? Here are a few more rational suggestions.
You can choose to use the energy of anger to motivate you into creating a better situation. This is the highest purpose for this energy and is why we were given the emotion of anger. It is the greatest motivator of all. You have the opportunity to use this energy to create something better out of the situation that created it in the first place.
Well, as unpopular as anger may be as an outward emotion, we need not abandon it completely as a catalyst toward constructive change. As the less than exemplary Johnny Lydon defiantly chanted the song “Rise” by his band PiL (Public Image Ltd.) “Anger is an energy” and we owe it to ourselves to harness its power.
In the “Nicomachean Ethics,” Aristotle wrote, “The man who is angry at the right things and with the right people, and further, as he ought, when he ought, and as long as he ought, is praised.” Extending this logic into the present day, we would be well suited to cultivate our anger into rational tangible change, at both the micro and macro levels. Instead of lambasting our friends and loved ones with fire-tongued invectives, we could approach the anger as propulsion toward change, positive change. This will give us the incentive, not to criticize and belittle, but to put into motion significant advancement in the inter-personal realm. This is anger at work on the micro level, and on the macro level would be something like the Equal Rights movement, the Civil Rights movement, The new cool – Anti Corruption Movement and the ever green Environmental movement, all of which had their roots in outrage as much as concern. Possibly, if we channel our anger appropriately and constructively, we might even be able to fix our ailing economy?
This is undoubtedly energy that could probably power a small fleet of tanker trailers if harnessed appropriately. We owe it to our society, not to tamp down or stifle their anger, but to allow it to find a suitable expression and a worthy exploit.
So what is Anger…? Anger is an Energy…. which can cause a personal or a global revolution if used right…..