If he exercises his anger and wrath against the bloodthirsty tyrants who are like ferocious beasts, it is very praiseworthy; but if he does not use these qualities in a right way, they are blameworthy. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 215)
I love it when I find moderation in the Bahá’í Writings! This quote is one of those times. It suggests that there are times when it’s praiseworthy to be angry, as long as we do it in the right way. This begs the question: what is the right way? Is it becoming an advocate like Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa or Mahatma Gandhi? Maybe some people are called on to do this, but I always like to bring it back to my purpose in life – to know and worship God and to acquire the virtues I’ll need in the next world.
Anger can make me push on towards my goals in the face of problems and barriers, giving me determination and perseverance. When you I use my anger to communicate a sense of injustice, aimed at finding a solution rather than just venting, it can benefit and strengthen relationships, strengthening my virtues of love, forgiveness, compassion and unity building. People don’t have to guess where I stand. Anger can motivate me to change if I notice when I get angry and why. I can learn what to do to improve my life, which contributes to my transformation.
Knowing that anger isn’t always bad, if I use it the right way, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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