Sunday, August 28th, 2016
THERE IS ANGER AND,THEN,THERE IS ANGER!
We live in a time of anger. I sit with that a moment as I write it. We live in a time of anger. Listen to the Merriam-Webster definition:
—a strong feeling of being upset because of something wrong or bad: the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout—
There are gradations of anger. For instance rage indicates a loss of control and physicality. Wrath wants to punish. Indignation is usually righteous about unfairness or something shameful.
We live in a time of cafeteria offerings of anger. The most common is–well–common meaning coarse, crude, rude, lowest common denominator of human interaction. This kind of anger is sloppy, self-indulgent, incendiary, and mean.
Add belligerent, shocking and shameful. It is uncivilized. Common in its occurrence and common in its spontaneous vulgarity.
It’s a real double bind to be angry about anger. But there is another kind of anger. It doesn’t explode. It doesn’t lower the level of civilized behavior. It raises it. This anger has discipline and a memory. It maintains an angry reaction to injustice and wrong and lowness and transforms it into a public stance and to action that raises the common good.
We, in The United States have a Presidential candidate that spreads social anger and teaches it’s vocabulary. Low level anger is contagious. I live in Maine that has a Governor who needs a governor (a device for self control in machines).
Actually I prefer to know his full unedited thinking. He demeans people of color, he slights women’s issues, he abuses power with threats, he threatens violence to legislators with differing opinions. This makes a government of cruelty and bullying.
Today I join others in asking that the Legislature of Maine censure Governor Paul LePage and call him to account. I am the kind of angry that gets determined and acts for the betterment of our community and country.
Anger is easy. Action is tough.