Here’s whats absurd in life; The need to “get even”. No one would think to return a bite to a dog or a kick to a horse, but when someone hurts us or pisses us off, that’s exactly what we do. These are analogies, but here’s the problem, we blindly believe no one would bite a dog, and we’re wrong.
Anger actually does do stuff that dumb to us all the time – or worse! Who hasn’t thrown a television remote that wasn’t working or smacked a vending machine that took your money? Who hasn’t banged on their keyboard when it froze or kicked a child’s toy across the room after painfully stepping on it in the middle of the night? Who hasn’t shouted obscenities at their phone when you can’t get reception? Who hasn’t had to resist the urge to throw their golf club into a lake or hurl your bike in frustration when they quit working, in your eyes, correctly?
If there weren’t plenty of reasons to be suspicious of anger already, the fact that it compels you to try to physically punish inanimate objects is a pretty good one. The fact that, in anger, we often break or damage our own property – essentially punishing ourselves to send a message to something that by definition cannot receive it tells us everything we need to know about anger.
Mainly, that it’s blinding, that it’s hard to control, and that it’s shamefully stupid.
So avoid anger as much as you can. Life is too short!
By Brian Nadon