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The rise of unchecked anger in our global society today.

Updated on January 28, 2016

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Anger Defined

In its simplest basic form It is a feeling of displeasure; an emotional excitement induced by displeasure.

This word 'anger' defines a reaction to something that "moves" , or "stirs" our emotions.

The word by itself conveys nothing about the intensity, justification, or manifestation of the emotional state within the individual mind.

It ranges from mild irritation at something that bothers us emotionally, to violent fury and rage against others.

In order to understand the proliferation of this negative emotion we must first look at its origin to understand the palpable increase of the unchecked "Anger in Mankind" in society today.

Letting go of our anger is difficult when it is so deeply ingrained in our personalities. It is a 'learned' behavior and harboring anger is a 'personal decision' and a 'life choice' made by individuals. Unfortunately it is also infectious and easily spread among people.

Why is mankind so afflicted with this negative emotion?

The Origins of Anger

ALL anger stems from some "perceived" or "imagined" irritation by something that negatively influences us emotionally.

It is a "learned" behavior, not innate, or existing at birth.

However, the potential for its activation is dependent on many external factors. And not all forms of anger are necessarily negative.

For example:

if a person is never "taught" the concepts of anger, it will inevitably develop naturally under certain circumstances.
This is true not only in humans, but in every other animal life forms as a basic mechanism for survival.
When a person, or other animal, disturbs a hornets' nest, the hornets feel threatened and become "agitated" (angry) enough to attack the thing that threatens them individually, their collective safety, and their very lives.
The same principle applies to every living creature, including man when facing danger, either real or imagined. This is a natural "need" and protective instinct in all of nature. We know it as the "fight or flight" concept.

Using anger as a political tool

Sadly enough anger in society is being perpetuated by our very own government as a political tool to "rile up the bases" of political parties as a means to promote more participation in the political electoral process.

Unfortunately it is being done in a negative way by exploiting the basic archaic and barbaric religious beliefs. The belief that mankind must be more subservient and fearful of eternal punishment from a wrathful God. Such beliefs can only lead to the quest for the fulfillment of an innate need in some humans to control and "force" their beliefs onto other human beings. And by doing so they will be appeasing the anger of their 'gods' toward themselves and directing it to those they avow as sinful.

Anger in Mankind

Mankind alone holds the exclusivity of 'anger' being an accepted practice in society.

When mankind adopts "anger" in any way, shape, or form, as an 'accepted' part of the lifestyle of their individual, or collective societal mores, it becomes a major problem for society as a whole.

This is especially true when that anger is internalized, then seeded, and fueled, by an exacerbation of that which caused even a mild irritation to grow into violent hatred and outrage; coupled with ill conceived ideas for the necessity for anyone to rid themselves of the perceived object of that irritation.

If that rage becomes obsessive to the point of reaching a heightened abnormal degree, a serial killer is born.

Although this is an ultra extreme example of anger infiltrating and influencing the mind of one individual, it must be recognized as a terrible consequence of the progressive nature of anger in our society as a whole.

The majority of people who harbor anger in their subconscious never reach the point of becoming a 'serial killer', but the negative effects of promulgating that anger are still profound in the individual, and for those they come in contact with.

The majority of people have learned to somewhat "control" their anger (even when that anger has turned into unfounded hatred) by acting out some form of release to prevent it from escalating to the point of becoming a crime against humanity. This control can be accomplished by meditation, exercise, prayer, or using common sense to deescalate its expansion. Unchecked, or uncontrolled anger/hatred can lead to thrashing out at others in the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, slandering, libel, suicide bombers, murder, or otherwise trying to harm the object (s) of that out of control anger, intolerance and hatred.

In humans that negativity can be directed toward one person, or any group of people that are seen as 'inferior' to themselves.

Getting rid of anger

Reversing the trend

The key to reversing this trend is actively pursuing one's own self awareness of the emotions that motivate them toward anger and hatred.

If that self awareness of the underlying motivation of this hate and anger, can be attained through introspect, then the next step is "self-reproach": {taking a census of one's own conscience} without turning that anger inward, and making a concerted effort to stop this negative process that dwells within our conscious, or subconscious minds.

When a decision is finally made to stop judging others and pursuing a positive behavior, or consciously adopting a change in ones' self to stop doing so, healing will begin. Individual healing not only benefits the self but impacts on others around us, and on society in general.

Understanding Self Motivation

If we cannot understand and accept the underlying motivation for anger within ourselves we cannot change this behavior.

If we can successfully attain that active introspection, (self examination), (looking within ones' self), and finding that we are not as kind and as accepting of others as we should, or could be, it may be too painful for some people to readily accept.

We can either choose to lash out at the person who suggests that this may be a real problem within our society, or make a conscious effort to change ourselves, thereby changing our society.

Societal changes that lead to peace and harmony start within each individual. It cannot be mandated by others. It must emanate from the conscious awareness within each of us.

Although, at times it seems impossible to attain, we must believe that peace can come to this earth - one person at a time.

If we can learn to control that basic anger, It will become easier to teach our children love and peace instead of teaching them hatred and intolerance that often leads to more intense anger and violence toward others.

When we, as adults, learn to accept peace and harmony as our 'alternative life style' we can then set an example for our children and the next generation to follow.

In a world that is so rapidly changing, and getting smaller by virtue of technology, we must learn to adapt and accept the diversity of things that have been foreign to us in the past.

Embracing diversity instead of trying to deny it is there, trying to fight against it, or trying to maintain the old "conservative, confined, and limited" ways of the past, is the only way to promote a world of peace and harmony.

There is no shame in embracing diversity, but there IS shame in promoting harm to anyone that is perceived as being different from us, and even greater shame on those in power to promote such anger and hatred for their own agendas.

Every living human being deserves the exact same right to be a vital part of this world as everyone else.

When we see our government working against us the only solution is to "get involved" in the process of our precious democracy. That means learning the issues that effect us as individuals and as a nation and actively learning the positions of those we choose to elect to represent us in Congress.

The most precious thing we have as individuals is the ability to participate in the outcomes of government decisions by registering to vote - and actually voting by candidate and NOT simply by party lines. There is no shame in voting across party lines when our freedoms and values are at stake, and equality for everyone is being threatened by those we elect who represent special interests and not the general public.

by: d.william

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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. It is well appreciated.

      And a Happy New year to you as well.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      d. Congratulations. You took on the 2 bad guys...Anger & Hatred...and from my point of view, you are the Victor...and I for one, appreciate the education. Peace.....Happy New Year/2014....UP --U&I

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Many people simply fall into a negative pattern and stay there without realizing the damage it causes to others and to themselves. And yes, self awareness is the answer to shedding ourselves of most negativity.

    • bizarrett81 profile image


      5 years ago from Maine

      Great Hub. I just did a research paper on sociological theories of aggression, and my solutions for anger and violence were also self awareness and learning to find peace within ourselves. Voted up, important information everyone should read! Just because something is instinctual doesn't mean you can't control it

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Brakel2: thanks for reading and commenting. And you are correct in stating that we must speak out against the hatred when we witness it being done to others. Just because it is being taught by religious, and other negative entities does not make it just, or right, in the eyes of humanity.

      Often times when we just call it to someone's attention, we can get them thinking about what they are doing to themselves and to others, and maybe spark something that will initiate changes for the positive.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Nellieanna: thanks again for reading and your thoughtful comments. I, too, do not succumb to anger and hatred, although i am accused often of judging and hating Religions and their teachings. I try to persuade otherwise, those who see me as such, by telling them i hate no-one, make no judgments, and only attempt to enlighten the minds of those who do the hating and the judging.

      I realize that we cannot change anyone who does not want to be changed, but when those negative people impact the lives of the positive people, the positive people must stand up and tell them to stop. They will always say they have a right to hate and judge, but they must also realize that those they hate and judge have the same right to speak out against them. It must be a two way street.

      I was never one to stand by silently while witnessing discrimination and judging of others unfairly. Rooting for the underdog can be dangerous at times, and one must expect to be attacked for it by those responsible for that negativity.

      I think most people in general are getting tired of the negatives in our lives, but ignoring them is not the solution. If we ignore any disease, or disorder, it only worsens. We must treat it, nourish it back to a healthy state, and realize it for what it is - a blight on humanity.

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      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks for this excellent article on anger. You made good points about the person looking within himself and trying to find better ways to express himself. I know someone who used anger as his father did. I certainly believe a person can correct this behavior by seeing where it came from. It is learned. I believe. May mankind learn kindness and make the world a better place. Maybe we can help one person at a time by insisting on better behavior. Blessings. Audrey. Shared Pinned.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Excellent! _ I'm not surprised that your mission is positive and I commend you BIG for it. It's frustrating to see that it isn't the general rule - and to perceive many of the sources and forces of the negativity. One would like to just crush those sources and forces; but one can't abandon the premise to be gained, if it's to prevail, either. So, yes, it's a challenge & something of a dilemma. Speaking up is essential, and you do that.

      I must admit I don't relate to anger and hatred, even toward the worst of folks and actions. They inevitably stem back to earlier experiences in the folks' live. I have been very much subjected to such folks and actions, and found it was untenable and unchangeable in the other person(s). What I could do was keep my own disposition, though and not become like that. It was truly a triumph.

      I do think peace and harmony are attainable, but not quickly. It must grow from its own roots. It can't be legislated or forced, or it's not real. It has to be chosen by individuals, more than by groups. So, yes - it's attainable, but not overnight. The small candle in the darkness lights its own sphere, but it must be lit down the line if it's to prevail. I'm not even sure that 'prevail' is an appropriate word for it. It seems more a matter of igniting and then just continuing because it's chosen, not by squelching negatives, as if they were all-powerful, but by practicing the all-powerfulness of positives. Sounds rather pie-in-the-sky? Why should it? If it's not realizable and powerful, why even bother? Certainly can't force it to happen, it's true. It has to be shown to be preferable.

      Anyway - that's my stance and since it can only be shown by individuals, I'm in on that! :-)

      I like you, by the way.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thanks for reading and commenting. I am happy you liked the sentiment.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Nice to hear from you again. This is the time of year that people are most receptive to the concept of peace and harmony. Unfortunately, it dissipates as soon as the new year begins.

      There are no profits to be made with promoting peace and harmony, so the war and hate mongers will always prevail.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and thank you for sharing.


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Peace can come to this earth-one person at a time. Beautiful and so very true. The key is love for our fellow man and woman in all walks of life. May we honor and believe all people are born equal with the ability to love whomever their hearts desire. Hate is so ugly....


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