We Need to Get Angry

James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. James Russell Lowell

The first part of this quote reminds me of the “Tears are Not Enough” song performed by Northern Lights over twenty years ago.

The last line, however, is the one that I think we need to be most mindful of. We spend a great deal of time convincing ourselves that we need to remain cool, calm, and collected at all times; to be “detached” from the world. But if we become too detached, we run the risk of losing the motivation to bring about the transformation that we all so sincerely want to see in ourselves, and in the world.

Anger has a place as well. Anger at injustice, and inequity, and oppression. Anger at the condition that millions of people live in. Anger at the wanton destruction of the ecosystem that we all depend on. Anger at the callous indifference that characterizes so many of our economic and political decisions.

Anger, followed by action – if it’s positive, productive, persistent action – is what can bring about a change that moves us just a little closer to making this a truly Golden Rule world.




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