Sunday, March 8, 2009

Belief, part 3. The purpose and use of Anger

At one time or another, I have heard that the purpose of anger is to let you know what is important to you.

Not a bad explanation. It is not always obvious the real reason someone gets angry, in our world it is often something other than the loudest words being shouted. In fact, it is usual that people respond to anger by attempting to perceive a different reason for the anger than that which is stated. And perhaps it often is.

First, let's consider where some anger comes from. In the situation I am considering at present, anger comes from the my realization of my lack of progress. You know: procrastination, passivity, lack of movement, ennui.

My best understanding why a state like that is initially tolerable and is accepted, is this quote:

"... all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."

Once the suffering-by-doing-nothing reaches intolerable levels, then anger arises. Hence, a purpose or use can then be seen with the anger: it provides energy and motivation for change.

(Continued, hopefully.)