If anger gets re-blogged
and re-blogged

like if you’d re-blog this post
or re-“press this”or (re-)tweet it

would it

Does a tiny mushroom become nuclear,
or does it fade away?

To me it appears that when anger communicates, it multiplies.
However, if we could be open and vulnerable,
and as such communicate about the anger,
then it would probably soon dissipate.

Being open and vulnerable,
our inner love, it is, truly communicating.


Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) august 2014 @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_7701


22 thoughts on “re-press?

  1. For anger to multiplies it only needs to be spread, while for love to multiplies it has to be genuinely shared … it is why anger spreads like wild fire while love flickers like a candle.

  2. Good question Bert. …In another sense….What if we see anger as ‘mutable” ? Simply a passage to whatever is called for. It is a natural response. How can we resist what is a natural response? I agree that it is how we move through anger that makes the difference.
    Being vulnerable, perhaps just honestly determining whether our anger is a personal ‘reaction’ or a human ‘response’ would lend clarity as to which direction to move in….reactions take us out of the moment where the answers lie.

    • There is the natural anger response, yes. A fight or flight situation. A raising of the adrenaline levels, and when choosing ‘fight’, the onset of anger raises courage.
      Dogs are very good teachers here. The youngest gets angry when it doesn’t dare to jump from the windowsill, then seems to be excited enough to make the jump. When either of them finds its food threatened, they growl in frustration, but never fight. Occasionally one angry bite, not more.
      But they leave it there. Althought I notice their thoughts and moods, they do barely ever mentalize their frustration to a level of circular thinking. Most of human frustration leads to mental anger: an accumulation of ‘faits-divers’ becoming a backpack of hate. And yes, venting opinionated and opinionating anger on social media only amplifies this.
      Nothing new here, although much more accessible than standing on a stage and giving a speech.
      Unfortunately, we are taught how to react by example when we are children. Learning how to communicate the anger, most importantly to ourselves — what you call determination, would make for a better world. In this process of communication, fear should be replaced by love, but that will make us vulnerable. Most part of handling anger is done by a habit machine. It takes a lot of effort and courage to change the scripts that were handed to us from our very early childhood. Since most situations of frustration never need a fight or flight response, we could use a little time to discriminate what we feel exactly and as such already find different words to express whatever, first to ourselves, and only when there is the need to any other — if we ever succeed in internalizing such a habit :-).

  3. I think I know what you mean – the way anger or other negative feelings are often “communicated” on social media it definitely amplifies. The results of Facebook’s recent experiment with its users sounds plausible to me. I feel some people only update their statuses when they are angry.

    • … what leads to the spreading of populist ideas and opinions, it takes a lot of energy and effort to go against all the likes following such expressions. Tolerance should at least be intolerant against intolerance.

  4. Hmmmm … perhaps, being an emotion, it seeks its mirror. Wouldn’t it depend on those witnessing it? Doesn’t ‘open and vulnerable’ also seek its own level? And so we could peel away the layers to reveal our essential nature so that we do no harm through our own ignorance. And so that we become clearer mirrors for one another. Or that’s the way I see it. 😉 Good post, Bert.

    • Interesting thoughts. Social media is making bystanders into ‘likers’. In that case, a like means, ‘I think you are right’. Yes finding mirrors. It is not easy to show vulnerability in a world where everyone wants to be right.

  5. If you must be sad, be sad ……. But do not sorrow,
    If you must be angry, be angry ……. But do not hate,
    If you must be sad or angry, let it be briefly,
    For sadness and anger are of the mind
    And sorrow and hate are of the soul.


    Anger, Hate and Animosity.
    Sustained anger, hate or animosity are poison to the body. They cause dis-ease in the Thought Field
    that, in turn, causes dis-ease in the Life Field that, in turn again, causes disease in the body. Why do these
    emotions cause dis-ease? Because, being unloving, they are negative energy and, therefore, contrary to the
    innate conscience of the soul – of the subconscious and the super-conscious.

    Extracts from The Milk Is White which may help.

  6. EVERY THOUGHT (because “thought is a thing” to quote Edgar Cayce), being in existence, registers on the Akashic Records. However, it does not multiply; it simply adds to the Records. On the other hand, the negativity or positivity of each thought adds to the negativity or positivity respectively but without affecting the state of the Records itself.

  7. I believe that personal anger can be diffused and fade away when communicated unless a strong resolution must be achieved. Anger affecting many, yes, it can end up into a nuclear mushroom of mass hysteria. Posting or re-posting depends on who /how many it affects.
    So lets talk about love, Lol! 🙂

    • To diffuse our anger we need to rewrite our internal scripts of how to react/respond. So we need to become aware of our anger, when it is happening, for about 100 times, and learn the new response again and again unitl it becomes a habit, replacing the old one.
      Reposts go virulent these days. The most opinionated posts get the most response. Does that say something about our societies?
      You suggestion to talk about love: certainly. And find followers on that one, and light a fire in the world of opinionated internet communication 🙂

  8. Great post! Wise words but so hard to practice! I find thinking of the future as so very finite helps somewhat. And removing oneself for a time out can help. But it all depends on that one crucial moment before the flash of anger ignites.

    • it’s complicated … some people see compassionate communication about anger still as ‘what did I do wrong?’ igniting anyway, regardless of all precautions. No communication often leads to repression and a building up of pressure, leading to an explosion.
      And we need a little anger, to gather the courage to do some things too.

      • Yes, this is true. Anger, when moderate, does serve a few functions. I read somewhere long ago that some yogis whip themselves up into a lather of anger before meditation to help them meditate more deeply. Something about the energy…

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