Day 4–The Storm

May 29, 2009

Emotions are the fuels that drive us, the incentives for almost everything we do. Emotion is powerful and hard to control, yet it is what gives both flavor and purpose to life itself. Emotion, then, can both enhance or detract from a life. Sometimes, however, it has no potential but that to destroy.

Anger blinds. Of all the emotions, it has the most power over us, and it is the most unyeilding and unreasonable of them all. There is no way to stop yourself from ever becoming angry–and indeed, there should not be–but you can and should do your best to keep anger from damaging you or those around you.

Today’s lesson is this: never make a move in anger. Even if you believe yourself to have every right, every reason to act in some way, do not take action when under the influence of anger: it is antithetical of reason. Wait until calm before approaching the situation. Perhaps you can stop yourself from treating others in a way you will eventually regret.

So, today, do two things. Think of a time you acted in anger, and what, if anything, you regret doing. Then, make a vow to yourself to never allow anger to control you, even for a second. With this, you’re one day further to a kinder world.

See you tomorrow. Until  then, don’t rest. Keep up your kindness. Because it’s a big world out there, and it’s got the inertia. All we have is persistence. We can’t afford to stop.

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2 Responses to “Day 4–The Storm”

  1. Gina Marie said

    You asked for my help, so I’ll offer an opinion.

    You read my comment to a post by Fabius Maximus, where I objected to the possible results of attempting to reform our system using rage as a tool. You talk about anger, and that struck a chord in me. Rage is uncontrolled anger and that is a poor way to go about trying to control the outcome of reforms, which is why I called such “reforms” as Bakunist — blowing things up and hoping the pieces land in a useful pattern. We do need reform, but we need reform directed at the things that need reform, not just random changes that could lead us places we might not like any better than what we have today.

    Here’s the original post:
    http://fabiusmaximus.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/reform-7/

  2. erasmus said

    two other reasons anger is harmful, from classical Asian philosophical traditions:
    1. The root of anger usually being fear, or at least one can say a desire to protect or impose one’s own territorial existence versus the perceived threat from Other, it solidifies the Me versus Other dynamic which further solidifies self-centred habitual patterns.
    2. This solidification tends to harden into increasingly materialistic outlook – even incarnation according to some. Or we could say culture in terms of modern humanist context. Such culture tends to reproduce further hardening materialism the effect of which is to produce further fear-anger responses to the point, ultimately, that we create Hell on Earth. Conversely, by opening up to Other and engendering a more kin-kindness dynamic, virtue naturally tends to increase and more kind, intelligent and creative cultures have the opportunity to blossom and flourish. They don’t flourish in an atmosphere permeated with anger and hatred.

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