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Friday, February 19, 2010

On Anger

A panelist on NPR today commented that a political group under discussion had no future because it was "driven by an inchoate sense of anger" and had no positive core value that contributes to the body politic.
"Inchoate sense of anger" rolled around in my head as I continued reading "The Seven Desires of Every Heart" by Mark & Debra Laaser. In chapter 10 on "Triggers" they quoted Frederick Buechner:
"Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain youare given and the pain you are giving back in many ways is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you!"

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