Movie Quote Thursday – Anger


Movie Quote Thursday – Anger

What the hell is going on lately? It seems that everywhere we turn today people are angry, and I don’t quite understand it. People are mad at Trump; they’re mad at Obama; they’re mad at those who don’t get mad at Trump or Obama. People are angry at Europe and the handling of refugees; they’re mad at the president of Venezuela. People are angry about gun rights, and the handling of illegal aliens, and at the mother who had a horrible accident at the gorilla cages. People are all twisted about TV characters being killed off unexpectedly, and diva talk show hosts, and transgender celebrities, and over-achieving athletes who revel in their own dominance. And I could easily pull the headline from several dozen other topics in the news and in society today that would have people freely spewing vile. Why are so many people so worked up about so many issues? It doesn’t matter if the topic du jour is important or inane; people’s displeasure, annoyance, and outrage seem to be at an unusual boiling point. And I just don’t get it.

Either I’m disconnected from the world, or my perspective is more balanced, but either way, I am purposely avoiding taking a seat on the conniption train heading to angry-town. I believe that the world is not a perfect place; I know there are bad people; I get that inequity exists; but, my outlook is fueled by compassion and not acrimony. I’ve been through the ringer and back myself and there’s no doubt that I am eternally grateful and optimistic. Because of my Cycle of Lives project, I’m deep into stories of death and struggle and loss and abandonment, yet I have unending faith that most things eventually work themselves out, and even when they don’t, we can find humanity and compassion and caring all around us.

I’m not going to apologize for my cheerful position that in most events of the day, everybody should just take a deep breath and relax. Try it. Isn’t there enough beauty and happiness and good around you to focus on? I think there is –– and don’t get mad at me for being a Pollyanna, I like being a “glass-half-full” kind of guy.

With that in mind, here are a few movie quotes on the topic: 

“I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore.” William Holden in Network

“Goosfabra….” Jack Nicholson in Anger Management

“You see, I think negative emotions are always trumped by positive emotions.” Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception