February 9, 2012
Isn’t it funny how people today get so angry about so many things? We have road rage, queue rage, phone rage and an assortment of other rages. We have little tolerance or patience when things don’t go our way. We get upset by things that should not bother us in the least. A few days ago there was an opinion piece in the paper from someone raging about the “Family” stickers that many people have on their cars. It was a full on rant about how dreadful they thought these small pieces of whimsy are. What???? How can someone get so worked up over stickers? On someone else’s car? I do believe that people are getting all worked up over nothing. The writer accused car owners of “inflicting the infuriating stick figures on the public”. The stickers are a bit of light-hearted fun. Where is the harm to anyone in these totally innocuous stickers? I have certainly seen MUCH more offensive stickers on people’s cars. I may tut-tut when I see them, but I don’t feel the need to write an angry rant in the newspaper.
When did life become so damned serious? Why do boring, angry people have to lash out at the rest of us? Road rage, queue rage and phone rage are all symptomatic of an impatient society. No one wants to wait patiently, no one wants to let others go first, no one wants to ignore another’s rudeness and just let it go. We would all be so much better off if we could let go of our need to win at all costs; and our need to broadcast our anger to all and sundry via various forms of media.
By all means get angry about our social ills; society needs us all to speak up when there are wrongs to be righted. But please, can we let go of the indignant rage that serves no purpose? Live and let live, and all that jazz. And lighten up people, life is far too short for misplaced rage. 😀
Quote of the Day: Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. ~Marcus Antonius