The Dangers of Quiet Frustration

By Mark Antony Rossi

I don’t have to be a doctor to realize anger gets a bad reputation in modern society. We attribute so many extreme actions to anger such as spousal abuse, property destruction even acts of terrorism. But these erratic incidents do not accurately belong in the anger/management category. And as a result, far too many suppress anger like it’s an exotic virus that will somehow make you hit your wife, burn your neighbor’s house or blow up a bus full of government officials.

Justified anger when internalized turns into unhealthy stress which is the underlying culprit of hypertension and heart disease.  Wrongs need to be righted not just for a better society but for a better you. If you have a family member crossing the line repeatedly they might need a high octave lecture. If a community issue is harming your quality of life a spirited presence at city hall is a priority appointment. To live in denial out of a false sense of hope or warped politeness is the genesis of quiet frustration.

Legitimate frustration must have a reasonable outlet if we are to keep our health and sense of integrity. It should come as no surprise that a cursory study of suicide shows a group of people unwilling to communicate until their final fatal act. If we are to maintain a suitable level of emotional intelligence the wall of silence must be torn down. Attempts at talking are not signs of weakness but rather a brave moment of seeing the potential of a renewed reality ripe with rigor instead of rigor mortis.

There are extreme elements in this day who push for positivity at any price. But I say positivity is fine if it doesn’t involve denial, detachment or divorce from reality. Ignoring a beast roaming in the local forest will not protect your family. Nor will striking down everything and everyone that annoys you or disagrees with you. Only by acknowledging the challenges can obstacles be dealt with in a manner that makes common sense an ally and communication a tool for an improved tomorrow.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. 

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