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The Lies of Anger

The Lies of Anger
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Anger is a platform to sell politics, religion, products, and propaganda. It’s championed as necessary and righteous and unavoidable.

But history and our own souls would tell us a different story. It feels right in the moment and typically ends nowhere good.

Frederick Buechner said anger ends up turning on ourselves:

OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.
-By Frederick Buechner (Originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words)