~Anger Caused Homer’s
Homer, the tale goes, met some boys coming home from a fishing
trip. On his asking them of their luck, they replied, “What we caught
we threw away; what we didn’t catch, we have.”
It seems they referred to fleas, not fish, and his inability to
guess this so enraged Homer, that he killed himself.
~Anger’s Bad Landing
People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.
An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to
~High Cost Of Anger
When Sinbad and his sailors landed on one of their tropical
islands, they saw high up in the trees coconuts which could quench their
thirst and satisfy their hunger. The coconuts were far above the reach
of Sinbad and the sailors, but in the branches of the trees were the
chattering apes. Sinbad and his men began to throw stones and sticks up
at the apes.
This enraged the monkeys and they began to seize the coconuts and
hurl them down at the men on the ground. That was just what Sinbad and
his men wanted. They got the apes angry—so that the apes would gather
their food for them.
—C. E. Macartney
~Justifying “Quick” Anger
A woman told Billy Sunday that he had a bad temper, but that it
was all over in a minute. He replied, “So is a shotgun, but it blows
everything to pieces.”
Remember the end never really justifies the meanness.
—Longview, Wash., News
~“Hostility Index” And
Anger is hazardous to your health.
In a study conducted by the Gallup Organization and reported in
1994, Philadelphia ranked first among U.S. cities on what was called the
“hostility index.” The hostility index was based on a nine-question
scale that asked people how they felt about such things as loud rock
music, supermarket checkout lines, and traffic jams.
Other cities on the hostility top five were New York, Cleveland,
Chicago, and Detroit. At the bottom of the hostility index were Des
Moines, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, and Honolulu.
Medical experts looking at the results felt it was no coincidence
that the cities that rated high on the hostility index also had higher
death rates. Commenting on the study, Dr. Redford Williams of Duke
University Medical School said, “Anger kills.”
—Craig Brian Larson
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