Rational anger is a valuable emotion. Yes, anger can be rational. Thoughts and emotions are inseparable. Anger based on correctly understood (reasonable) injustices, violence and suppression can efficiently motivate, enliven and stir us to action against these enemies. Religious folks are often oblivious to the rightful place of anger directed at their faiths. Three years ago, when starting this blog, I was a bit less sympathetic to this position, but exposure has changed my view on both the use of anger and the many dangers of not using it to address the problems of religion.
Greta Christina will soon be self-publishing a book on this called: “Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless“. The book will be based on her blog post “Atheists and Anger“.
Of course I also believe, however, that much anger can be irrational and directed at the wrong enemy. I look forward to her book and suspect I will agree with much of it — she is an excellent thinker and writer. I will post again when I hear of the publishing.
Question to readers:
- Do you agree that “anger” can be a useful emotion that sometimes should not be suppressed?
- What pisses you off about religion?
- What pisses you off about atheists?