October 23, 2019

Sister Joan Chittister column on Anger

"Generally speaking," the Dalai Lama said, "if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain."
I read that statement and started thinking all over again: The fact is, I'm disturbed because I'm looking for more anger than I'm hearing. The silence I'm hearing sounds like a death knell.
Conversation is not easy these days, I know. It's hard to talk to anyone about anything now without wandering into their politics. And that's dangerous territory. You never know what social unit you may be destroying because of it. An important friendship? A close family relationship? The long-time backyard party put on by the neighbor who does all the barbecues? The people you work with? Your marriage?
So nobody's talking. Every topic once considered important, interesting, relevant at all, is off the list. Even politics. Maybe most of all, politics.         read more