Note to self: Don’t waste one more minute of your life reading Youtube comments.
I think that’s where all the repressed anger of the world is released.
When people talk about the vile pit of hatred and ad hominem arguments that is the comment section, they usually blame it on the anonymity and impersonal nature of the Internet. I’m sure that’s partly true—people use words that they would never dare to speak out loud and insult people in ways they could never get away with in a face-to-face conversation.
But there’s more to it. Such repulsive vitriol and utter contempt for the feelings of others doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s hiding inside people, pent up by years of suppression, only to erupt as caustic tirades of hurtful words. That’s because people never learn how to have a healthy outlet for their emotions. With all the obsession with “positive thinking” and being polite, we’re taught that negative emotions are unacceptable. But just because we ignore our emotions doesn’t mean they’re going to go away. It just means they’re going to find another, often unhealthy, way out.
As kids, we aren’t allowed to express anger. We learn that it’s not acceptable and repress it deep into our subconscious. We never learn that—just like any other emotion—anger can be healthy when expressed in a productive way. Until we remove this taboo on being open and honest about our feelings, we’ll never be able to live in harmony.
I’ll end with a powerful quote from TK Coleman about how to harness your anger for creative productivity:
All emotions are forms of energy and are therefore capable of being assimilated into the creative process. Instead of attempting to “purify yourself” of anger, explore the possibility of channeling it along productive lines.
Frustration, when bottled up and suppressed, corrupts the soul. But when redirected away from what is unwanted towards what is wanted, it becomes a most powerful constructive force.
The same fire which can burn a house can also be harnessed to cook a meal.
Like the forces of nature, our emotional energy can flow in more than one direction and serve many ends.
The next time your emotional fires are stoked, look at it as an opportunity to harness the activity of Spirit.
In the same way you might use a burning candle to light a dead one, actively seek out ways to transfer the spark of those emotions towards an area in your life that needs to be ignited.
We are not left to choose between resenting our moods or being stuck with them. What we call negative feelings can function as our greatest allies in manifesting the life we desire when we learn to work with them and not against them.