Anger: (n) : a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility.
I don’t think there’s anything that makes people more angry than discussing anger.
It is a bit comical that any debate on the subject of human displeasure, manifesting as spits of rage, actually produces such diametrically opposed opinions that you end up with a personification of the word you originally decided to discuss.
Anger is the most common emotion to human beings. Matter of fact, if you even consider those who claim to be “God in the flesh,” they are described as being angry more often than amiable.
But just because it’s common does not mean that we’re willing to accept it, adopt it, own it or admit that we participate. One of the great bastions of pride are those souls who insist they never get angry.
Let me give you a quick definition for anger which is a little different from Mr. Webster’s.
Very simply, anger is frustrated passion.
If it’s sexual passion and it’s not allowed to come to fruition, it can quickly become ferocious or even violent.
If it’s creative passion which is limited in resources or opportunities, it can descend into depression or even in the case of many unfulfilled artists, suicide.
If it is parental passion which is unable to communicate earth’s ways with its child, rendering the parent seemingly useless, it can quickly turn to tears and accusations.
Without passion, we basically die emotionally, causing us to produce a spiritual numbness that freezes our brain–without further illumination.
Yet when we have passion, we risk frustrating ourselves in a blandness of inactivity which can produce the anger of our undoing.
So what is the value of anger? It tells us that our passion is frustrated.
- Don’t question the passion.
- Don’t complain about the anger.
- Minister to the frustration.
Maybe that’s why the Good Book says we should “be angry and sin not.” Because when the frustration that causes our anger is not addressed, every sin imaginable jumps up and volunteers to destroy us.
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