The virtues of anger
It’s not always useless as one may think it to be
BEHAVIOUR BY ISAAR KASHMIRI
Speak when you are angry and you will make
the best speech you will ever regret.
ANGER is one of the most important human instincts. It is this instinct that influences one’s behaviour and his adjustment to the environment. All human instincts are to be trained otherwise man is simply wild. Anger is more significant in this regard. A wild animal gets angry and so does man. However, there ought to be some difference between the two states of anger. Man’s anger must be sophisticated than that of an animal because man is rational and is supposed to display a socially approved behaviour. Anger socially is never acceptable in the context as human instincts get trained through various social, educational and religious institutions. Literary the word ‘anger’ means a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance. Obviously anger is not a desirable mode of behaviour because its consequences mostly are dangerous both for the individual and for the society. An angry person can never in a social context be trusted. His credibility as a good citizen, as an ideal leader or as a religious icon always remains at stake. Anger spoils ones mental stature and makes even a wise man look like an idiot. Angry man’s mind works like a punctured tyre which functions but at the cost of the engine of the vehicle. Our inward eye becomes blind when anger captures us and every nice looking thing wears an ugly appearance for us. The spontaneous fall out of anger is that it dilutes love and diminishes sense of belongingness in a human heart. Anger even surmounts the mother’s unconditional love at times and that is why one who falls to anger is considered the most hollowed-out individual of society. Anger, if not restrained, is normally more hurtful than the injury that provokes it. Certain significant questions arise in one’s mind. Why do people get angry so often whereas each time there necessarily is not a sound reason for getting angry? Why do people mostly tend to be fuming than to be pleasant whereas every state of anger cannot bring forth desirable fruit? Well, anyone can become angry as it is easy to be angry than to be friendly. But to be angry for a right reason with the right person at the right time and to the right degree is what matters the most. When the engine of an aeroplane heats up, it often makes a bad landing. Action or a decision taken in anger never yields desirable fruit. Most of the actions or decisions taken in a state of anger have resulted in a disgusting end.
Although anger can be costly, it can be productive as well. Anger can motivate us to work harder to accomplish our goals. Anger can at times lead us to newer, higher level goals, maybe prompted by the desire to prove others wrong. Anger can also alert us that something is wrong and that we need to respond. When we defend ourselves, our dear ones or even defend some stranger, it is often our anger that encourages us into action. A feeble mother protecting her child against someone stronger then her, a classmate or colleague standing up to an intimidation inflicted upon his/her friend or an innocent bystander intervening on behalf of an ill-treated stranger are some of the examples. Generally speaking, anger is what prevents us from submissively accepting social misconduct and provokes us to take action. Many great things can be accomplished when anger is channelled properly. Properly channelled anger got freedom to various nations and properly carried anger uplifted many deprived strata of various societies.
So anger is not as irrelevant to life as generally is thought. It is as worthy as the instinct of love is. Factually all the human instincts which characterise a man are to be trained through various social institutions right from infancy. It is as such the most significant job to be carried out with all serious-mindedness.
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