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Unformatted text preview: the egoist himself. CHAPTER IX. 75 Wherever wills and purposes meet in conflict, there anger, or its offshoot, contempt, is present, and the more
egoistic one is, the more egoistic the sources of anger.
The explosiveness of the anger will depend on the power of inhibition and the power of the intelligence, as
well as on the strength of the opponent. There are enough whose temper is uncontrolled in the presence of the
weak who manage to be quite calm in the presence of the strong. I believe there is much less difference
amongst races in this respect than we suspect, and there is more in tradition and training. There was a time
when it was perfectly proper for a gentleman to lose his temper, but now that it is held "bad form," most
gentlemen manage to control it.
If it is common for men to become angry at ego-injury, there are in this world, as its leaven of reform, noble
spirits who become angry at the wrongs of others. The world owes its progress to those whose anger,
sustained and intellectualized, becomes the power behind reform; to those like Abraham Lincoln, who vowed
to destroy slavery because he saw a slave sold down the river; to the Pinels, outraged by the treatment of the
insane; to the sturdy "Indignant Citizen," who writes to newspapers about what "is none of his business," but
who is too angry to keep still, and whose anger makes public opinion. Whether anger is useful or not depends
upon its cause and the methods it employs. Righteous anger, whether against one's own wrongs or the wrongs
of others, is the hall-mark of the brave and noble spirit; mean, egoistic anger is a great world danger, born of
prejudice and egoism. A violent-tempered child may be such because he is outraged by wrong; if so, teach
him control but do not tell him in modern wishy-washy fashion that "one must never get angry." Control it,
intellectualize it, do not permit it to destroy effectiveness, as it is prone to do; but it cannot be eliminated
without endangering personality.
Fear and anger have this in common: whenever the controlling ene...
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