There is a general dissatisfaction of some in our country. Their financial futures do not look good. Their religious beliefs are being held by fewer and fewer people. The status of the majority is fading as minorities increase in their prominence. Thus they are an unhappy people. For many of these people Donald Trump has become their hero. But as we all know from experience unhappy people often become angry people. An angry people are no longer a silent people and because they are loud they appear as a majority as all attention is directed to them. And because they are loud they can find each other in a crowd and this convinces them they are in the majority. And if we do not confront their anger they can and do become the majority.
The problem of angry people is they always tell you ‘I am not angry’. It is your problem. You cannot handle someone expressing themselves. Angry people are usually not good listeners, therefore it is hard to express your point of view because they want you to be silent and listen to them by God. Angry people can only consume things that agree with them. Anything else merely annoys and makes them angrier. They work and talk in extremes only. They do not know what a measured response is.
The focus of angry is on themselves because anger comes from pain or fright. They are concerned to relieve themselves of this pain and this state of fear. They live in a constant fight or flight mode. That is why they flip the channel when they hear opposing viewpoints. They will either say they cannot talk about it or go on an unrehearsed and sometimes an unthought out diatribe. They rush out of the room when confronted. They insist on shouting over you. They ambush you with their factoids from out of the blue so that they have the upper hand. As you stand there trying to figure out how that applies to the conversation you thought you were having.
Anger contorts and even changes the color of our faces. We become less beautiful. That is why some have developed a charming little boy or girl persona to go with their hulk personas. After the hulk persona has made its appearance they try to soften it with a coquettish twirl of the hair or off the charts smile.
We are in the age of Trump. He brings the anger of himself and his followers to the American political scene. He also brings the anger out of his opponents. We live in an angry time. But anger can only take you so far before it becomes destructive to you and the world about you. So what to do?
Counteract anger with perseverance. Anger is an emotion that cannot be held for long periods of time. Therefore if you continue doing what you are doing the angry will pass away and the steadfast will endure. Keep pushing your agenda with a strong steady hand that refuses to be misunderstood or ignored. Yes the angry will cause damage before their storm dissipates. But if you keep your peace they will not distract you from your goals or make you use your energy for good up in replying with anger.
Remember anger passes and good works and love endure.