To the Editor:
Lowcountry neighbor, true or false? Rising anger in American society is a serious threat to our democracy and accepted way of life.
Unfortunately, personally I find that statement to be true.
Webster’s dictionary says anger is a position of extremism and indignation, often followed by a desire to get revenge. Yes, anger is corrosive and diminishes the quality of American democracy, a position experienced and supported by many of us today.
Pew Research found 62% of Americans agreed that the structure of our U.S. government needs significant change. Further, political rage lowers citizens’ trust in our government and view it with hostility, skepticism and outright contempt (Conversation.com).
“Americans are angry about everything,” Christian Science Monitor.
“Americans are living in a big anger incubator,” Washington Post.
“Our Nation’s Divided Future,” AARP Magazine.
Psychologist Joshua Morganstein finds anger is a common way of responding to three superimposed disasters: the pandemic, economic fallout and civil unrest.
A contemporary book, “The Angry American,” embraces positive anger management solutions to economic uncertainty, cultural divisiveness and political disintegration.
Here are some positive coping tools taken from these articles:
Insulate yourself from anger; limit your media exposure (it is often biased); stop, think, listen, participate in constructive dialogue; take action that produces positive results – consensus solving and the glass-is-half-full philosophy; consider our children in your behavior.
Above all else, we need to practice forbearance with integrity and love in our daily lives. Reducing anger and its negative consequences begin with you and me.