How many times have we been counseled about the dangers of anger?
From best-selling authors to preachers in pulpits, those who claim to know what’s best for us warn that anger will hurt us. We must move on, leave it behind, forgive and forget or risk suffering the terrible consequences of a supposedly corrosive, self-destroying emotion.
Even assuming that all of these people are well-meaning and sincere, the advice is misguided. In fact, it’s baloney.
Anger is the bedrock of a so-called bad attitude.
Anger surfaces at the moment delusion finally dies, helping clear the fog of lies, half-truths, wishful thinking, propaganda, denial and conventional wisdom to reveal stark reality.
Anger is the fuel that propels people to act, and to persist in spite of obstacles ranging from ridicule to death threats.
Why did American colonists revolt? What caused slaves to run away, women to protest, workers to organize? They were monumentally pissed off, as are the thousands of people in multiple states protesting attacks against public employees’ unions.
Anger is not to be confused with rage, bitterness or hatred. As energy, it is best used when cool and harnessed to a thoughtful plan of action, instead of letting it drive you to lash out in a heated reaction of the moment.
Don’t let anyone try to talk you out of your anger. It’s there for a reason. Find that reason, and do something about it.