Monday, July 17, 2006

just cannot get angry in the same way...no, not in the saaame way...oh, no...

I like this:

Anyone can become angry.
That is easy.
But to be angry with the right person,
to the right degree,
at the right time,
for the right purpose
and in the right way.
That is not easy.
--------- Aristotle

I think proper anger (see above) is a good thing.

Joe Strummer knew that ("let fury have the hour/ anger can be power/ do you know that you can use it?" gawd. I love that fucking line). So did Malcolm X. And Muhammad Ali. And Jackie Robinson was more angry than anyone really knew (all that turning the other cheek business is pretty fucking hard to do when baserunners try to cut you with their cleats. fuckers.) I like listening to Camille Paglia when she's pissed off...even when she feels betrayed by Madonna now. Oh, yeah, Madonna, too. I love her rebel-anger, ooh boy.

Sometimes it gets you in trouble, though. Like the man said, it's not easy to use it well. There's that line of pop-psychology that Melfi says to Tony at one point on the Sopranos (wow, talk about pop-pop...) she says that anger is just depression turned outward. I think that's usually true.

But...when you take a look around...how can you not be depressed and angry at the world...sometimes? Cuz, what's the opposite? Complacency? Got to rage against that shit, man. Not all the time...but take some time and get angry every now and then, because I think it means you actually care.

1 comment:

Phil said...

Getting political?
Fuck yeah!

I'm going to stay away from my Malcolm X rant and give you this quote:

"I had to learn that my anger didn't communicateo people what I wanted to communicate. I had to turn my anger into a slow burning fire, instead of a consuming fire. You don't want the fire to go out-you never let it go out- and if it ever gets weak you stoke it, but you don't want it to burn you up. It keeps you going, but you subdue it, because you don't want to be destroyed by it."
-Myles Horton

and this song:
Here come the helicopter -- second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they've murdered only God can say
If I had a rocket launcher...I'd make somebody pay.

I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher...I would retaliate

On the Rio Lacantun one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation -- or some less humane fate.
Cry for Guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher...I would not hesitate

I want to raise every voice -- at least I've got to try.
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher...some sonofabitch would die

-Bruce Cockburn