Anger is a powerful emotion that is as primitive and primordial as the Origin of the Species itself.
In animals, the expression of anger is instinctual and it is an important means of communication between animals themselves. In Man, the expression of anger is not as instinctual and primitive as it is a learned experience.
According to “The Free Dictionary by Farlex”, the definition of Anger in psychological terminology is, as follows:
Etymology: L, angere, to hurt
Anger is denoted as being one of the most negative emotions – it is a powerful emotion capable of wreaking great havoc, irreparable harm (more often than not) and physical, emotional and mental trauma and injury. It is an expression of heightened displeasure and extreme discontentment and it makes use of facial expressions, body language, verbalization of rage, ostensibly abusive language and behaviour and may/may not involve violence. It is an emotional language that is universally understood, in the sense that it transcends all barriers of language, race, culture, caste and creed. Excessive use of anger in daily life can cause a large, malefic change in one’s personality and character – it has a great capacity to affect the angry person’s health adversely and affects the health of all those around him/her, on whom this anger and rage is inflicted. It causes the breakdown and destruction of many relationships – it causes more harm than it causes good.
Anger determines to a very large extent, how you see the world and the way the world sees you. Use it sparingly and with caution.
Today, this author will use ANIMALS, as an effective means, to define the complexity and essence of anger. You’ll soon see how it all makes sense – like several, disjointed pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that are fitted together to make one composite, comprehensive picture of the matter at hand.
All human beings have evolved from the Animal Kingdom – a human being is a refined, finely tuned, advanced and sophisticated version of an animal – he/she is a complex conglomeration of thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviour. Human beings possess intelligence – but so do animals don’t forget that. The evolution of human beings stems from primal and feral animals – mortals are as primitive and primeval as animals; to a very large extent, human beings remain, to this day, as feral and wild as savages. One would have thought that human beings would use their superior reasoning powers to surpass their origins from animals – human beings have the ability to build a mature, well-functioning conscience to differentiate between RIGHT AND WRONG but we all know that the sad reality is harsh, dismal and pathetic. The evolution of a conscience is essential in helping people to develop strength of character and the courage and conviction of their beliefs. A mature conscience will make a man stand up – ALL ALONE, IF NEED BE – for what they strongly believe to be correct and right. Again, the reality is very, very different.
The irrefutable fact and core of the matter is simply this – human beings are still BARBARIANS – they have never stopped being wild and savage like the Ancient Romans who were obsessed with blood and gore, as part and parcel of their pleasure-seeking, sadistic ways. The Romans enjoyed watching one man kill another man, or watching one man kill many innocent animals. What the Romans called entertainment back then is what we call murder today.
The Roman Colosseum was a huge amphitheater built between 69 and 79 CE. The events that took place there were gladiatorial combats, wild beast hunts, vaudeville acts, and many types of theatrical entertainment. Among these, the gladiatorial combats and the wild beast hunts made up most of the program. The Colosseum remains soaked in the blood and gore of slain gladiators, tortured prisoners and innocent animals that were preyed upon for the pleasure and thrill of the kill that comes from hunting, carried out as a sport. These deaths that the ogling, wide-eyed Roman spectators watched with delight, great enthusiasm and eagerness and with an air of sensationalism – the smell of soon-to-be spilled blood lured out their secret, deviant, pleasure-feeding beast – a beast born from the primitive emotion of anger. This anger, the Romans satiated, by watching and enjoying the infliction of pain, torture and suffering upon another human being or animal.
From the blog of “allinrome.wordpress.com, a she-wolf forms part of the Legend of Rome – explained as follows:
Quote: “The founding of Rome is reported by many legends, which in recent times are beginning to be supplemented by more scientific reconstructions. The most popular and the most famous legend is the story about the two brothers raised by a she-wolf.
The earlier legend of the founding of the Rome, was supplanted over the centuries by the attribution of the founding to twin brothers, Romulus and Remus. In Roman mythology, they are sons of the priestess Rhea Silvia and Mars, the god of war, abandoned at birth at Tiber by servants in charge of executing them. The twins were taken by a she-wolf, who fed the babies with her own milk and cared for them. Later a shepherd named Faustulus came and took Remus and Romulus. Faustulus and his wife raised these two children.” Unquote
As regards SADISM, Friedrich Nietzche stated: “To see others suffer does one good, to make others suffer even more: this is a hard saying but an ancient, mighty, human, all-too-human principle [….] Without cruelty there is no festival.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals/Ecce Homo.
“When I’m good, I’m very good. When I’m bad, I’m better.” (Mae West) – that is Anger.
Sadism is born out of intense, uncontrollable anger and rage – sadists are people who find it impossible to control their primal urges to harm or kill other living beings – they do so for no apparent reason and more for the pure and undiluted ‘pleasure’ of it. Sadistic acts provide an intense thrill that is so powerfully addictive to the sadist that it is akin to experiencing the ecstasy of a sexual orgasm. This behaviour is indicative of severe mental illness and criminal behaviour – as seen commonly among antisocial elements, sociopaths and psychopaths. What make such behaviour so monstrous and reprehensible is that the sadists who indulge in such deviant behaviour are seemingly law-abiding citizens. A variety of factors may contribute to such rage, such as an abusive, loveless childhood; failure in relationships, etc. Sadistic Personality Disorder involves recurrent emotional and physical cruel behaviour and aggression; manipulation with fear and a large preoccupation towards violence. However, all sadists do not use physical aggression and violence – they use their antisocial tendencies to publicly humiliate people. They enjoy watching the humiliation of others, as it gives them a sense of power over them.
As for Rape – it is not so much a criminal act of primarily sexual overtones – it is more an act of brutality, cruelty and extreme violence born out of intense rage and frustration – sex happens to be just one of the useful elements to degrade and defile the victim further. There are several types of rape and 3 basic types of rapists.
According to Wikipedia:
Quote: Groth typology
Nicholas Groth has described three types of rape, based on the goal of the rapist.
The aim of this rapist is to humiliate, debase, and hurt their victim; they express their contempt for their victim through physical violence and profane language. For these rapists, sex is a weapon to defile and degrade the victim, rape constitutes the ultimate expression of their anger. This rapist considers rape the ultimate offense they can commit against the victim.
Anger rape is characterized by physical brutality, much more physical force is used during the assault than would be necessary if the intent were simply to overpower the victim and achieve penetration. This type of offender attacks their victim by grabbing, striking and knocking the victim to the ground, beating them, tearing their clothes, and raping them.
For these rapists, rape becomes a way to compensate for their underlying feelings of inadequacy and feeds their issues of mastery, control, strength, authority and capability. The intent of the power rapist is to assert their competency. The power rapist relies upon verbal threats, intimidation with a weapon, and only uses the amount of force necessary to subdue the victim.
The power rapist tends to have fantasies about sexual conquests and rape. They may believe that even though the victim initially resists them, that once they overpower their victim, the victim will eventually enjoy the rape. The rapist needs to believe that the victim enjoyed what was done to them, and they may even ask the victim to meet them for a date later.
Because this is only a fantasy, the rapist does not feel reassured for long by either their own performance or the victim’s response. The rapist feels that they must find another victim, convinced that this victim will be “the right one”.
For these rapists, they have a sexual association with anger and power so that aggression and the infliction of pain itself is eroticized. For this rapist, sexual excitement is associated with the inflicting of pain upon his/her victim. The offender finds the intentional maltreatment of his victim intensely gratifying and takes pleasure in the victim’s torment, anguish, distress, helplessness, and suffering; the offender finds the victim’s struggling an erotic experience.
Sadistic rape usually involves extensive, prolonged torture and restraint. Sometimes, it can take on ritualistic or other bizarre qualities. The rapist may use some type of instrument or foreign object to penetrate his/her victim. Sexual areas of the victim’s body become a specific focus of injury or abuse.
The sadistic rapist’s assaults are deliberate, calculated and preplanned. They will often wear a disguise or will blindfold their victims. Prostitutes or other people whom they perceive to be “promiscuous” are often the sadistic rapist’s targets. The victims of a sadistic rapist may not survive the attack. For some offenders, the ultimate satisfaction is gained from murdering the victim.” Unquote
Several violent crimes stem from intense rage and extremes of anger – these crimes are serial murder, serial rape, serial bombing, serial arson, terrorism, stalking, senseless violence, assault and battery.
Now let’s see how anger is expressed in animals and human beings.
Take, for example, a legend of “Two Wolves” that forms part of the Native American Cherokee Parables:
Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
(possibly a Cherokee parable, and going back probably at least to the 1950’s in print – but remains unconfirmed)
(Artwork by Denton Lund)
Here’s another famous quote on wolves by George Carlin:
“And then there are the times when the wolves are silent and the moon is howling.”
The Cherokee Parable is self-explanatory but Carlin’s quote is unique in its insight and inception – let’s see why so.
Excerpts from the article by Cristen Conger state, as follows:
Do wolves really howl at the moon?
Quote: “Wolves are known to howl at the moon. The connection between wolves and the moon came from the ancestors of our ancestors. Many ancient civilizations stretching back to the Neolithic Age continually paired wolves with the moon in images and literature, which eventually evolved into today’s popular belief. Since wolves inhabit every continent except South America and Antarctica, their prevalence in human culture isn’t surprising. As nocturnal animals, they have a natural association with darkness and the moon. Howling is not the only language of their forms of communication – they also bark, whimper or growl. Today, wolf howling is one of the most distinct and well-studied animal vocalizations.
Canine experts have found no connection between the phases of the moon and wolf howling (Source: Busch). Wolves pipe up howling more often during the night because they’re nocturnal. But why do they point their faces toward the moon and stars when they howl? It’s all about acoustics since projecting their calls upward allows the sound to carry farther.” Unquote
Wolves howl; the moon doesn’t – that’s what we normally imagine as being the case. The irrefutable fact is -wolves are probably some of the most misunderstood and reviled animals – however, they have many sterling qualities for which they have been deified since ancient times. Many people wrongly perceive wolves as being synonymous with Evil and the Face of Satan – it is simply this – it is not the wolves that are evil; it is Man himself – that is the sad and true reality.
Man with all his evil ways represents the Dark Side of the Moon. We rarely see a full moon – it is normally a crescent moon that we see – a moon that is shrouded in shadow, intrigue and mystery. It is this Hidden Side of Humanity that Carlin is really making reference to here. Human beings mask their fake, pseudo and malevolent characters behind a mask of ‘so-called’ benevolence – in fact, they use this mask of hypocrisy to hide their various wicked ways and evil deeds. Human beings themselves are The Veritable Personification of Evil – people who are ridden with anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego – just like the Evil Wolf in the Cherokee Legend. When the Moon howls, it is a reference made to all the negative emotions, attitudes and behaviour of human beings that stem from ANGER – THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL EVIL – since times immemorial.
The exercise of this blog is simply this – ANGER NEED NOT ALWAYS BE SUCH A NEGATIVE EMOTION; ANGER AND RAGE FUELED IN THE RIGHT CHANNELS CAN FIGHT AGAINST THE EVILS AND INJUSTICES OF OUR WORLD.
INTENSE ANGER, FLAMING RAGE AND WRATH – IF USED CORRECTLY AND FOR THE RIGHT PURPOSES – CAN AND WILL CHANGE THE WORLD. THAT IS THE ESSENCE OF THE LIONESS AND SHIVA IN THIS AUTHOR – SHIVA’S ANGER IS INTENSE AND FLAMING – IT IS A RANTING, RAGING AND WRATHFUL ANGER DESIGNED TO CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HUMANITY.
YOU NEED TO CHANNEL YOUR RAGE TO CHANGE PEOPLE FOR THE BETTER; YOU WILL SEE HOW THE USE OF WRATH, CHANNELED IN THE CORRECT WAY, CAN AND WILL DESTROY THE RULE OF SATAN EVENTUALLY AND WILL AID IN USHERING IN A NEW ERA OF HOPE, FAITH, LOVE, HONESTY, LOYALTY, FORGIVENESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. RESPECT THE RAGE OF SHIVA – IT IS RAGE THAT IS NECESSARY FOR SHAKING PEOPLE AWAKE FROM THEIR APATHY, SELFISHNESS, CALLOUSNESS AND INDIFFERENCE SO THAT THEY MIGHT BECOME BETTER PEOPLE.
FROM THIS MOMENT ONWARD – STARTING HERE AND NOW – EACH OF YOU WILL BE MY AMBASSADORS AND EMISSARIES OF GOODWILL WHO WILL SPREAD THIS MESSAGE OF BENEVOLENCE FAR AND WIDE. LET THIS MESSAGE OF PEACE AND HOPE REACH EVERY SINGLE NOOK AND CRANNY, INHABITED BY MORTALS, ON THIS PLANET. YOU WILL HELP THIS AUTHOR TO ACCOMPLISH HER MISSION OF BENEVOLENCE ON THIS EARTH – THROUGH THE DESTRUCTION OF EVIL.
CHANGE FOR THE BETTER IS LONG OVERDUE. YOU NEED TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER – HERE AND NOW. IT HAS STOPPED BEING AN OPTION A LONG TIME AGO.
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING UNPARALLELED WORDS OF WISDOM AND TRUTH TOO AND REMEMBER IT WELL THROUGHOUT YOUR LIVES – WHEN INTENSE ANGER HAS BEEN EXPRESSED, YOU SHOULD ALSO KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO TEMPER THAT RAGE WITH KINDNESS. DO YOU KNOW WHY?
KINDNESS IS NEEDED TO START THE PROCESS OF PURIFICATION, CLEANSING AND HEALING. PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER YOUR KINDNESS AT THE END OF THE DAY – NOT YOUR WRATH! IF YOU WERE TO PUT NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AND BENEVOLENCE ON A BALANCE/WEIGHING SCALE, REMEMBER THAT BENEVOLENCE SHOULD ALWAYS FAR OUTWEIGH THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF YOUR PERSONALITY. THE WEIGHT OF THE NEGATIVITY OF YOUR CHARACTER SHOULD BE NEGLIGIBLE ON THAT SAME SCALE.
In conclusion, Anger is not just a powerful tool of Satan; it is a highly prized tool of Immense Power of God, our Supreme Being, too – provided it is used correctly, productively and fruitfully to change the world for the better.
Start changing your perspective in the right way.
- Spartacus: Wolves at the Gate (lynnebubbles.wordpress.com)
- Morality and Violence in Animals and Humans (thewildlifenews.com)
- Anger: Bigger than booze as destroyer of careers, reputation, and ability to stay out of jail (lawandmore.typepad.com)
- Why is anger the most problematic emotion? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Anger Management: How to Keep Your Temper in Check (everydayhealth.com)