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February 25, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Rage: One rage every three months is permitted. Try not to hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it.

I thought about quoting a bunch of Bible verses and using it to justify rage.  But I decided not to do that.  Instead, I will approach this with humor and fun.  Our emotional systems tend to build up of they are not let out over time.  Regardless of sadness, disappointment, frustration, happiness, or whatever, it builds up over time, and they will eventually demand to be given vent.  If you aren’t adequately expressing yourself of subliminating your emotions, they will build up and let themselves up, and that is not healthy.

As humorous as it sounds, I like to say this is the reason why Ron Swanson said this is permitted.  Of course the best question to this rule is by what standard?  And oddly enough, this is arbitrary.
The best way to approach anger or any other emotion is to give it regular outlet over time.  As actualized beings, man or woman, we should not be afraid of voicing our opinions.  We should view ourselves as free.  Your are free to express your opinion or feelings, and others are free to agree, disagree, be offended unoffended, whatever.  That is the end of it, end of story.
Those of us who are people pleasers, we want others to be happy with us.  We should not impose our desires upon them.  That is micro-tyranny in its own form, and it ultimately rebounds upon us and causes problems.

I like Ron Swanson, but this is one of those cases where everyone should just learn to live and let live.  If someone differs with you and if you differ with another, what of it?

Ultimately, what we all need is assertiveness.  The ability to express and let go, and take responsibility for our assertions.

What would more assertiveness as opposed to rage make possible for you?

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