Letter to the editor: Anger is a cancer on democracy, progress – Bluffton Today

Posted: November 28, 2021 at 10:06 pm

Societys current anger is a cancer on our democracy and progress in our country. Stephen Websters book American Rage describes anger as the central emotion governing U.S. politics, lowering trust in government and weakening democratic values while forging partisan loyalty.

The Age Of Rage in The Guardian on May 11, 2019, states that we have built a world that is extremely good at generating causes for anger but extremely bad at offering constructive solutions. A Gallup poll found 22% of respondents around the world felt angry, a record.

Americans Are Living In A Big Anger Incubator,a Washington Post headline from June 29, 2020, confirms that systematic forces threaten our well-being, led by automation, globalization, climate change, immigration, racism, a pandemic and conspiracies, while using social and news media as a catalyst.

Duke University School of Medicine professor Damon Tweedybelieves anger is inevitable and becomes a sustaining problem without the use of off-setting, coping tools.

Here are some anger management suggestions to counteract ones anger, thus contributing to a kinder, gentler world, from Psychology Today: Look at things from a third-person perspective. Refuse to react to aggressive acts. Understand where anger is coming from. Listen; take other persons point of view. Count to 10; take deep breaths.

Above all, particularly in the Lowcountry, smile and forgive; life is too short!

Earle Everett, Moss Creek

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