I was reading today a Huffington article called Why We Love Angry Men, But Hate Impassioned Women , which struck many chords with me.
Having previously being told I am too emotional when discussing issues related to politics, social issues, and general issues of interest, it really annoyed me that my point of view was disregarded simply because it was ’emotional’.
To the point that, I would try to come across as ‘rational’, and ‘concise’, and try not to be emotional. But it wasn’t me, I allow my heart and my emotions to lead me, especially on issues which effect people. Social problems and political concerns affect people, they don’t need to be rationalised to death. I am a relatively well balanced individual (yes, really!) so it’s not just a matter of allowing your heart to lead the way with everything, but when you allow the knowledge in, you understand the background, and you know what you’re talking about, then go for it!
Here are some examples of things which really do tick me off:
It angers me when I hear people make the excuse that in war there is always death as if this is acceptable or excusable for a justification of war and conflict
It angers me when statistics of death, rape, disease, and anything negative you can think of is seen as a statistic, without thinking about the people behind those statistics.
It angers me when I am not allowed to voice an emotional opinion about an emotional subject because it’s viewed as irrational or the ‘hormones’ are taking over.
I believe we need a different way of being, and a different way of seeing the world we live in and the global community within it. The world is in chaos, wars effect so many more of us in one way or another, we live in a world open to one another, where I can communicate with anyone around the world with simple internet access, where I can travel, read about, engage, learn, and understand the lives of people from all over the globe. The suffering they all go through, and the struggles, not just for them, but for us to.
Being rational is great, it serves a purpose, but there is nothing wrong with emotions like anger and passion. If more world leaders actually took the time to allow their emotions to take centre stage then maybe we’d be in a different world today.
So be angry, or any emotion you feel and don’t allow yourself to be boxed in.