When a social injustice occurs why do smart people get indignant, dumb people get angry, and children rage?
When has “anger and rage” not fostered dismissal, anger, or more rage? Justified, intelligent indignation historically leads to lasting change; but when has anger or rage positively affected a social change for an extended period? Rarely; so rarely that the real occurrences, expected and known by the angry, should be called to the question.
Is using the “social injustice ‘anger and rage’ affectations” a form of bullying? Before we answer, we should consider. My immediate response to the question was, “No it’s a tool!” Then I thought again. The outburst of “anger and rage” as a tool is, absolutely, a learned affectation humans use to create social change in our world. However, the method by which this change is demanded is a response to our desires that we humans have evolved to change our physical appearance, language, or vocal tonality appearing more powerful to those we are acting upon. It is a method of declaring oneself the dominant leader, king of the hill, the master, or the god. It is the primary method for affecting desired change used by warlords and children alike. It is effective. It gets things done. It harms. It is not honored or respected for long.
Wouldn’t a better, smarter, more socially justifiable tool for change be the “indignant and calculated” action? I thought about it this way: if I stub my toe but then get mad and rage about it, no honest human is ever going to offer aid and actually hope I will accept. They may offer to help, but they are only responding subserviently because their evolved response to “anger and rage” is to pacify, which raises their chances of physical or psychological survival. Guess how we humans respond to bullies? The same way, by kowtowing to the bully’s needs, wants, or whims as a defense method for our physical or psychological survival. We may not even realize we are fostering future bullying.
Now the question changes. Does this make us all bullies? Is the change we are affecting a “social change for an extended period?” Or are we only fostering more dismissal, anger or rage toward our desired changes? I’m calling into question my own beliefs on this. I’m thinking about all the times I got angry, and questioning all the outcomes that occurred around me.
I think it is time for change, a real social change. It is time to get indignant about all forms of bullying. It is time to affect intelligent indignation world-wide in response to bullying behaviors including “anger and rage” affectations. It is time to evolve to affect lasting change in the hearts and minds of humans through conversation, love, kindness, and science.