The Price of Anger

Anger doesn’t come cheap. You might think it’s the most liberating thing in the world, to get angry and let it all out, and find yourself lost in fits of rage. But yeah, anger comes with a real heavy price. And sometimes, you end up doing things– stupid things, that you will definitely regret.

Like yesterday morning, when I had gotten particularly mad at my smartphone, for being particularly slow. And it wasn’t only that it was slow. It was a couple of other minor things that when grouped together made my mobile experience a very unpleasant one. The low carrier signal which prevented me from sending SMS. The slow speed of a seemingly quad-core phone. The small RAM space which contributed to why I couldn’t have multiple apps running in the background. The irony of my phone’s model name, because I was really feeling like a loser. And to top it all off, my phone just suddenly rebooted, yet again. Which meant that I had to go through waiting again while it booted up.

That’s it. I’ve just about had enough. In my anger, I took off the phone’s battery, and then slammed my phone at the wall for about two to three times. I knew it wasn’t going to fix anything, and I knew there was no connection to what I was doing to how the CPU performed, or how small the RAM was. I knew there was no sense in what I was doing, but I was doing it anyway, because I was very angry. And when you’re lost in anger, you tend to do crazy, stupid things.

Much to my regret and dismay (and horror), I had messed up my phone’s screen. The display now looked like a broken ’80’s era TV screen, with thin lines of red, blue, and green running across the right half of the display. Getting this fixed was not going to be cheap. Getting a new phone with much better specifications? Gold mine.

And so once again, I recall the lesson that I learned the hard way when I was a young boy: Don’t try to fix things while you’re angry; you’ll only make them worse.

 
So Sally can wait
She knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by
Her soul slides away
‘But don’t look back in anger’, I heard you say
-Oasis, “Don’t Look Back In Anger”
 
-Ed. E.

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