Friday, January 15

Anger doesn't help much

Seneca addresses the question of mastering anger in three parts: 1. how to avoid becoming angry in the first place 2. how to cease being angry and 3. how to deal with anger in others. Seneca suggests, in order to avoid becoming angry in the first place, that the many faults of anger should be repeatedly remembered. One should avoid being too busy or deal with anger-provoking people.

Personally, I am not angry at anyone, but I am unsatisfied. The catastrophe in Haiti made my head spin. It shows how fragile we all are.
Don't quote me on this, because I lost track after the first billion dollars. I believe the US is spending somewhere in the vicinity of three billion a month in the Middle East. Unbelievable - and this for what, eight years now?!
Well, maybe I am a "little bit angry".
All these resources could have found a constructive place, a betterment for civil society. But no, they just got squandered, blown away, literally! We, the United States could be energy independent, right now. But no politician dares to open the proper page in the cookbook, the recipe there shall remain a secret as long as Exxon, Mobile and all the others rule.
It's sad, and yes - I am "a little bit angry".

Post Scriptum: I hope we will run out of fossil fuels soon, in particular oil.  Then we can reinvent our approach to a more healthier way to live, and all the armies in Sudan, Nigeria and the Middle East have nothing more to fight for.


Mercutio said...

Anger is a secondary emotion which serves as a distraction from its cause.
Like so many other useful tools, it can be quite destructive when engaged in as a lifestyle.


Seraphine said...

all we can do, is do for ourselves.
i hope you are enjoying your days in the sun:
warm, sweet tropical air, some music, and a quiet mind.

Stephanie said...

I have to agree w/Sera in that the more we focus on bettering ourselves and our everyday reality, the easier it is to remain more at peace. That said, I'm heartbroken over Haiti, and have been disgusted by much of our government's handling of certain things for a very long time.

Okay, bringing myself back to center, and focusing on the now... :)

♥nova-san said...

Our dear Sera always says it best.

When are you leaving for your fun in the sun? It sounds like you need it. =)

Zee said...

Friday Nova, but I am leaving from Boston, SORRY!
I'll be a good boy next time and leave ( or visit ) NYC. Promise!

Seraphine said...

welcome home zee!
i hope you took some photos, and brought back some inspiration.
the world didn't change during your 'absence' but i hope you found some positive energy to sustain yourself.

The Crow said...

Everyone hates America.
Even Americans.

Anger is a fine thing.
I am an expert.
I build things only a bulldozer could build if I get angry enough.

But anger is a dicey tool.
Sharper than any blade has any right to be.
Used judiciously, it does what nothing else can.
Used carelessly, one may bleed-out slowly enough to not even notice.

lindsaylobe said...

It doesn’t pay to get too angry and let me leave you with some more positive thoughts about things in general. From what I understand from empirical evidence the global outlook is improving; less poverty per capita, less wars, better heath, improved education, improved overall wellbeing and so on.Improved communications inherent in a global village also reduces the time frames for corruption and atrocities to flourish.
Given a more robust analytical viewpoint within the philosophy of history I see cautious grounds to have a more positive view for the future and also towards a more reverent view of the earth.

Evidence abounds in the many practices today we find abhorrent –particularly to do with what we eat that would scarcely raised an eyebrow a few decades ago. There is also a propensity to learn from the older world by living and consuming more in tune with the seasons.

As poor economic news adds to the daily falls on the market, climate change conferences fail, unemployment claims rise war continues and disasters / catastrophies befall us it is often difficult to look objectively at the bigger picture which in my view is slowly improving.
These calamatous and mind numbing events can disguise the reality we are all living in the most exciting age ever in the history of the world and one in which will adapt eventually a lot quicker than we can imagine- a combination of the best of the old and new.

Today, given the fact we can freely select an amazing library of information to watch from within the relative comfort of our home is an indication of our relative advantage over past generations- a testament to the technological advancement which has the ability to create very good outcomes- albeit we also remain saturated and disheartened by the many unfavorable side effects.

Best wishes

Gary said...

I'd say you're outraged at injustice and inhumanity. And I'd say that's good. But you also have to find beauty and humour and lightness to keep on going.

Are you back?

Mercutio said...

Concerning your post scriptum:
I'm afraid that this is not the case.
I have seen the same so many times when people blame wars on religion, and yet fail to recognize that a war-like temperament is not a matter of observance.
Were there no fossil fuels, were there no religion, then men would find other reasons to go to war.
Surely, warfare existed long before fossil fuels were widely utilized, and it will be common long after they are gone.
In certain instances, it is appropriate that we should look through the narrow eyes of our times; but in doing so, we should recognize the narrowness of our eyes.
No, it is a war-like temperament, a might makes right mentality, which inclines men to war.
I'm afraid that this problem is not so easily solved.
Plentitudes and scarcities are not at issue.

Zee said...

Crow, Lindsay, Gary, Sera & Mercutio - thank you all for your comments!
Mercutio, point well taken. Wars are the outer image of inner unrest and imbalance in humanity. But I must insist that greed over resources does fuel the fire...