Why is everyone so angry, and how can we change that?

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 20, 2017 2:34 p.m.

    All this anger is tiring. For me its time to forget politics and the country in general for a while and get away and do other stuff. It's amazing what getting into the mountains does (biking, backpacking, river running, fishing, etc..) . We live in a beautiful state with lots to do and the confusion and clutter of the rest of the courty can get you caught up in it all if you aren't careful -- I have heard enough of fake news and democrats and Russian conspiracy for a while -- time to check out for a few months.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 20, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    Anger begets anger, a troubling phenomenon that feeds on itself and can lead to violence. Jesus didn’t just teach us to not kill each other. He said that he who is angry at his brother without cause is in danger of hell fire.

    Without cause is the phrase we seize upon, We think we have cause and sometimes we do. But if it is left unchecked, it can spiral out of control to one’s deep regret..

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 19, 2017 8:35 p.m.

    I'll bet that some serious research would find a strong correlation between education and anger. I'll propose the theory that people with less education also have fewer emotional and intellectual skills that might enable them to deal more effectively with perceived changes around them.

    Fear is a natural reaction to ANY changes in our world. It was once needed as a basic survival tool. Today, change comes at us rapidly from all sides. Too rapidly for some of us.

    But education trains our brains to seek alternatives to almost any situation. When we are able to find alternatives, fear is reduced or eliminated. Education provides a person with the ability to easily recognize other possible safe avenues of thought or action. People who experience constant fear finally become unable to deal effectively and properly with the world around them and risk having their fear explode into rage.

    As is the case with so many of society's problems, EDUCATION is likely the key to this one, too.

    In study after study, people who identify as "conservative" are much less optimistic and happy than those who are "liberal."

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    July 19, 2017 8:33 p.m.

    Liberals are upset because they didn't get their way. Liberals are supposedly the ones that are open minded and accept many viewpoints. However, they only accept viewpoints that match their agenda.

    When Obama was president, conservatives weren't happy, but they lived their lives. Some liberals are so obsessed and upset that Trump is president that they cannot live their lives anymore. For instance take a look at Rosie O'Donnell. She can't go 1 hour without posting something about Trump. He literally has taken over her life in every way.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 19, 2017 7:56 p.m.

    My theory is that most jobs stink. Then you have two other jobs to make end's meet. You rarely get to see your family or have time develop other passions or hobbies. On top of that, get the flu and go see the doctor who gives you ten minutes of his/her time and get billed several hundred dollars. That's even if you get to see a doctor vs. a nurse practicioner. Your politicians are ineffective, your tax dollars are wasted. Add on traffic, pollution and congestion and there you have it.

    Did I answer the question?

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    July 19, 2017 7:16 p.m.

    This piece has got to be a re-print from 2008 through 2016...

    Right?

    The anger from the right-wing was white hot during those 8 years.

    There is a copy of this same piece from that time addressing the problem of white hot anger of the right-wing as well as the solution to that anger?

    Right?

    If not...the premise behind this piece becomes patently obvious.

    Sad.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    July 19, 2017 4:59 p.m.

    @Ultra Bob – “The unfair treatment that causes most terrorism is the economic oppression of business upon non-business people.”

    That is a canard.

    Terrorism today is fueled almost exclusively by religious fanaticism. If this were not so we would be seeing non-Muslims living in Muslim majority countries (Christian Yazidis for example, who suffer the same economic/political conditions) engaging in acts of terror as well. We don’t.

    And if political/economic grievance were the prime motivator here, why aren’t Tibetan Buddhists blowing up cafes all over China? Tibetan Buddhist are arguably the most oppressed group of the last half century. They’ve been abused to the point of losing their country and religion (unless in exile) – fates far worse than any suffered in the Middle East.

    Big Business (Wall Street) certainly has much to answer for, but causing terrorism is not one of them.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 19, 2017 4:27 p.m.

    Anger is a normal reaction, when perceived unfair treatment has exhausted or has no satisfactory protection. Anger is most often seen in small children because of their slave status and in wounded or cornered animals trying to survive. Anger is adult humans is tempered by the expected consequences and it takes a lot more to trigger. One of my favorite quotes is “Only a fool cannot get mad, but a wise man who won’t”.

    The unfair treatment that causes most terrorism is the economic oppression of business upon non-business people.

  • no fit in SG St.George, UT
    July 19, 2017 4:23 p.m.

    The majority of the country appears to be feeling a twinge of hope as far as politics goes. Truth and honesty may appear in government again!
    Trump's presidency is not going as he had planned. Many, in both political parties, are now on to the collusion that has occurred/occurring in the White House.
    Perhaps, there will be some big changes that this president had not thought would happen?
    There will be even more continuing investigations, and information, that continue to drip, drip, drip?
    Will there be even more negative and detrimental factual information to come in this peculiar presidency?
    .........and more than half of our country and our world will feel happier?

  • sashabill Morgan Hill, CA
    July 19, 2017 1:51 p.m.

    Childhood tantrums occur most commonly around ages 2 to 3. Funny, among liberals and leftists they're still happening in college.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    July 19, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    smoke some MJ.... happy happy happy

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 19, 2017 1:15 p.m.

    No fit
    Anger led to trump’s election. His election made those on the left angry because they felt it their divine right to ascend to the presidency. Many heeded the warning about trump’s opponent. And regardless of what else we get out of it, we got Neil Gorsuch, so we are miles ahead of where hilary would have put us.

    Skeptic
    I am truly sorry you have become so disillusioned with your church. I am truly grateful I do not that issue.

    Brave Sir Robin
    Future Shock – book published in the late 60s, I think. Is that what you are referring to?

    Maverick
    MSNBC, joy behar, bill maher, kathy griffith etc certainly want to keep people angry, that’s how they make their money. They certainly have no incentive to actually inform people.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    July 19, 2017 11:48 a.m.

    Am radio and Fox News wants to keep people angry. That's how they make their money. They certainly don't make money by informing people!

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    July 19, 2017 11:46 a.m.

    Bible believers are not rioting, they are more involved with family and community and hobbies and staying away from drugs. We are imperfect, yet faith brings miracles. Ether 12:12

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    July 19, 2017 11:32 a.m.

    I think the anger of the electorate lead to Trump's election, rather than Trump's election being the start if anger.

    The internet and talk radio have helped people realize the media has been lying to and manipulating them for a long time. Big business, crony capitalists are not providing good jobs. Meanwhile, taxes to support welfare (corporate and individual) take too big a bite. The middle class is scared and angry.

    At the same time, as we run out of other people's money, the welfare class realizes there will not be perpetual increases in benefits. They are angry.

    Liberals thought they were so close to getting socialized medicine and banishing religion and imposing carbon taxes they are angry those plans now seem stalled. Conservatives are upset at having their values and capitalism assaulted.

    I don't see much room for compromise because we are now at such opposing values. Federalism with diversity among States is probably our only hope. Let States handle healthcare, abortion, drugs, and marriage and other major issues without federal mandates. It works for gambling, booze, and prostitution.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    July 19, 2017 11:29 a.m.

    The antidote to anger is humility.

    Since she was not perfect, I am sure that Mother Teresa experience feelings of anger. But, I am not aware that she ever acted on such feelings. Rather, she probably felt sadness, empathy and concern. But, she also probably felt Christ-like love and genuine happiness and joy more often than not.

  • no fit in SG St.George, UT
    July 19, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    The anger we see so much of is due to an individual who, in a million, years, the majority of America, did not expect to be elected to the highest office in the land.
    Many voters neglected to listen to the warnings we had regarding this individual.
    The warnings have now become the truth, and Americans and the world are struggling at how we can repair or replace this troubled individual, who creates havoc each and every single day.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 19, 2017 10:36 a.m.

    I think the reason everyone is so angry is because things in our world are changing so quickly and we can't cope with that pace of change. Humans aren't evolved to deal with such rapid change in our environment, and the effect on our brain makes us angry. Currently the amount of information in the world is doubling every 7 years, and the amount of new information we have to absorb is taxing our brains in ways it wasn't designed to be taxed.

    Take communication, for example. For tens of thousands of years, the fastest way to communicate a message long distances was by horse. Then it was by train, then telegraph, then telephone, then satellite, internet, texting, social media, etc. And all of those innovations happened within less than 200 years! We're angry simply because we're struggling to keep up.

    Solutions? There are none. Progress isn't going to stop. Until our minds evolve to be able to handle the current pace of change, expect everyone to remain angry.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    July 19, 2017 8:26 a.m.

    Righteous Indignation – our new drug of choice.