"However, it's essential that we humbly acknowledge the words within James 1:20 which says, "For human anger does not accomplish God's righteousness."(CSB)."
Fact: everybody gets angry. By accurate definition, the word 'anger' is defined as "a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility." Wikipedia takes anger to a higher mark by adding that "the emotion anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state. It involves a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt, or threat."
You'd have to be living under a rock to have missed the impact of anger on western culture. Everything from women's rights, race relations, illegal immigration, and of course, politics all garner their demographics and catalyst their base from the position of anger. Karlyn Bowman penned an article for Forbes entitled "How Angry Are We? What the Polls Show." During her article, she made a note of some significant cultural impacts caused by anger:
"Starting in 1997 when the Pew Research Center began asking people about feelings "toward the federal government," 12% said they were angry, 56% frustrated, and 29% content. In their most recent question from 2017, twice as many people (24%) said they were angry. Fifty-five percent were frustrated and 17% content. There are consistent partisan differences in Pew's trend. During Bush's presidency, Democrats were angrier. During Obama's, Republicans were."
These facts, coupled with the informative and near destructive patterns of the 24-hour news cycle, and you can see why anger is becoming in this day and age, just as American as baseball and the luxury of healthcare.
"You'd have to be living under a rock to have missed the impact of anger on western culture.
In the first section of the Muller Report, concerning Russian interference with the 2016 Election, it details how the Russian operated the IRA (Internet Research Agency.) Within their operation, they were very informed of anger's impact on American culture. And, they would also go on to utilize the very known narrative of rage against the American people. In his report, he details the following:
"Initially, the IRA created social media accounts that pretended to be the personal accounts of U.S. persons. By early 2015, the IRA began to create larger social media groups or public social media pages that claimed (falsely) to be affiliated with U.S. political and grassroots organizations. In certain cases, the IRA created accounts that mimicked real U.S. organizations… More commonly, the IRA created accounts in the names of fictitious U.S. organizations and grassroots groups and used these accounts to pose as anti-immigration groups, Tea Party activists, Black Lives Matter protestors, and other U.S. social and political activists."
Why would they choose these groups? Simple, they know that these groups typically deal with issues that stir many to fury. Genius? Of course. However, is it sad? Well, yes. It's powerful to think that literally another country, was so informed of our appetite for anger, that they were able to weaponize it against us.
"Why would they choose these groups? Simple, they know that these groups typically deal with issues that stir many to fury."
It is undeniable that anger is shared amongst all people, and it's sadly becoming more common amidst American culture. However, we also can't negate the fact that many of the topics that produce such anger, are paramount for discussion, and cannot be avoided. Yes, things like racism, immigration, closing the wage gap, equality, and religion do stir at the hearts of many to deep emotion. However, the progress that's needed within the conversation is more critical than the passion it produces.
So, what's the point? Avoiding the anger-driven topic would be a tragedy. However, learning how to manage our anger would be a victory. As it stands, irritation appears to be going nowhere soon; therefore, I pray you'll consider these 5 notes on how to release your "anger anchor."
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Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.