I’ll reveal something about my private life.
I’ve been seeing a therapist for the past 8 years dealing with the catch all term ‘anger issues.’
This may come as a surprise to some who know me as that jolly old bloke off the telly, the happy go lucky mechanoid and engineering enthusiast who’s always excited and full of optimism.
Anger issues doesn’t really explain anything, it’s almost Victorian in its polite description of the emotional turmoil I’ve been through.
Now I’m much less angry and a great deal happier, on a day to day basis if something goes wrong my heart rate doesn’t go through the roof, I don’t shout or slam doors, I don’t sulk or ruminate on how horrible I am for days afterwards.
Essentially, talking therapy has helped me.
So when we are confronted with the greed, stupidity and selfishness of our politicians and corporate bosses, when we see the short termism of their policies and the widespread corruption of the political class, should we be angry?
I’ve spent years learning how not to be angry in my private life, it’s been a really tough journey and I’m only partially recovered; however I can see the benefits, they are manifest and delightful.
So surely, I tell myself, being angry at the wider world, at monstrous corporations and conniving politicians is equally damaging, not to them, but to us, the futile angry.
I am aware of the arguments, it’s all about focus, it’s all about, as Jesus suggested, being aware of the plank in your own eye before pointing to the mote of sawdust in your neighbours.
It’s about knowing where your anger comes from and being aware of your own input into the emotion.
I battle with this all the time, if someone does something to me that is, by any standards, offensive, cruel or selfish I need to respond with an appropriate amount of anger to that particular incident. Not blow my top because it’s pressed some embedded button that is actually caused by my early childhood.
‘Yourself’ is a very difficult thing to understand, I constantly fail but I think if we get it right, if our anger is focused, clear and about the situation at hand, it is very appropriate and can be creative.
I think we can be angry at Maria Miller for example.
Not just her of course, also the dodgy bunch of untrustworthy politicians who are either keeping their heads down or openly supporting her.
Due to her political stupidity she can’t see the big picture, the fact that she is looking after her aged and frail parents in her second home should be what this story is about.
Many people are in that situation and an intelligent or dare I say it, empathetic politician would be aware of the plight of many of their constituents and try to do something about it for the benefit of all. Not just themselves.
So I don’t think my anger at her selfishness is due to the way I was breast-fed, it’s based on long and unhappy experience at the increasing corruption of politicians the world over.
Bribed and bullied by their corporate paymasters, the very last thing on their minds is the wellbeing of the people they laughably are meant to represent.
We should be angry as long as it’s for the right reasons.