It is normal and natural to be angry



To be angry is normal and natural but to exhibit it is unnatural and beastly. Therefore, it is unrealistic to hope and think that all human beings should have the same nature — good and noble and without any trace of anger. We are born and brought up in different environment and circumstances and hence differences in nature are bound to be there.

The Buddha has lovely descriptions of various kinds of angry people. The first group is like letters curved in rock; they easily give way to anger and refuse to get rid of their anger for a long period of time.

In the second group, it will be like letters written on sand; they too are prone to anger but not for long, just like the words written on sand don’t last long.

And in the third case, it is like letters written on running water; they too get angry because of the same kind of reasons as in our case. But their anger is like the passage of water and does not remain with them to be exhibited and displayed against their ‘enemies’.

This means to be angry is in human nature and there can’t be anyone without anger. The only difference is that most of us are carried away and fall victims to our own anger. This is because the one who uses it as a weapon of strength is hit more than the one who is targeted.

Those who can realise and understand their own nature use anger as a weapon of strength to improve themselves and come out stronger. And the feeling one gets after the positive use of one’s anger can be nothing short of bliss. Only those who have experienced this ‘phenomenon’ can really understand the strength of this statement.

Anger when not controlled blinds us and we lose the power to judge between the good and the bad. The bestial nature of our beings gets an upper hand and takes complete possession over us and make us do monstrous deeds.

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