We are inclined to look upon bad temper as a very harmless weakness. We speak of it as a mere infirmity of nature, a family failing, a matter of temperament, not a thing to take into very serious account of estimating a man’s character !!
The peculiarity of ill temper is that it is the vice of the virtuous…it is often the one blot on an otherwise noble character…you know people who are all but perfect, but for an easily ruffled quick-tempered or ‘touchy’ disposition !! This compatibility of ill temper with high moral character is one of the strangest and saddest problems of ethics…no form of vice, not worldliness, not greed of gold, not drunkenness does more harm to society than evil temper. For embittering life, for breaking up communities, for destroying homes, for withering up men and women, for taking the bloom off childhood; in short for sheer gratuitous misery – producing power, this influence stands alone !!
Jealousy, anger, uncharity, cruelty, sulleness, self-righteousness – in varying proportions these are the ingredients of ill temper. Judge if such sins of the disposition are not worse to live in, and for others to live with than sins of the body !!

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  1. The kind of anger you are referring to is usually due to a tremendous amount of pain from the past. I use the metaphor of a volcano. Anger builds up over the years until no more can fit into the space and explodes, often sideways dumping on people who have nothing to do with the original anger. That is very scary to people on the receiving end because it is so much bigger than anything that happened in the here and now. In most cases when anger is disproportionate to the current situation it is tied to something from the past. I believe that people who carry that anger have the responsibility to do the therapeutic work to release that anger but they often don’t.


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