Mad As Hell

Temper, temper.
My continuing fascination by how some people behave in strange ways leads me to think about people who are mad as hell and are not going to take it anymore.

I get mad, everybody gets mad. Often for good reason. Anger is normal. But most of us manage to calm down and deal with it without causing much damage.

I’m talking about people who lose all sense of proportion. Like the woman in the video here who made herself famous for her reaction to a substandard McDonald’s hamburger:

And check out this guy who loses it at work:

My interest in this stems from a relative I remember as a kid who would get mad and just could not, or would not, shut it off. It would build and build.  She’d   randomly throw all the clothes in the closet onto the floor, pick up knives in a threatening manner, empty boxes, all the while screaming incoherent insults and accusations at everyone around her. She never did apologize for these outburts. I guess in her mind it was justified and normal.

I wonder what happens in people’s brains where they can’t stop the anger until it erupts violently. The trigger for the anger is always a small part of the story. A bad hamburger or paperwork for those two in the video are probably the least of it.

So what’s going on? Do these people later realize how ridiculous they are? Or do they feel justified?

The videos I posted are kind of funny. But we know that some people get mad and do awful things. Like open fire in a crowd. Fly a plane into an IRS building in Austin. So this is serious.

I won’t even get into the topic of politicians who use and fan anger to boost their agendas, then pretend it isnt’ their fault when somebody goes off the deep end.

Is there more anger out there than there used to be? And is there anything we can do to prevent these eruptions?  I guess if anybody has figured this out, these temper tantrums would have stop.

All this anger floating around out there is more than enough to make me mad.

Instead,  I’ll take a deep breath, and think calm, pleasant thoughts. And hope everybody else does the same.

One Response to “Mad As Hell”

  1. Denis Says:

    there does seem to be a lot of angry people in the world. i try to avoid them as much as possible. your advice of taking a deep breath and think calm, pleasant thoughts is an excellent one.

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