Saturday, 20 April 2013

The Importance of Rage

Type Rage into any search engine and you’re likely to come up with a long list of ‘results’ about road rage, air rageanger management, rage leads to depression and generally pages and sites that (this is the important thing here) state unequivocally that rage is bad.  I’m here to tell you that the word on the street view, and the word from the pulpit/college/media room view that ‘rage is bad’ is a load of bullshit. 

In cold terms Rage is an emotion that has a number of correlating hormonal associations, many of these hormones ‘experts’ claim (in their amusing naïve manner) to be ‘good emotions’ (like the world is classifiable into simple childish categories…) like oxytocin:

Recent studies have begun to investigate oxytocin's role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors.[2] For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the "love hormone". (
Mmm, the 'love hormone' is stimulated by Rage; now there's something Dr Phil probably wouldn't tell you(!)

In non-cold terms Rage is a positive emotion that is useful for overcoming oppression, attacking enemies that threaten your life or the life of your loved ones.  It is also a corrolary to creative drive, creation, the vary essence of life.  Without newness, innovation and creative drive the world would be a mightily boring place.  It would be like, well modern Western society with it's mass of recycled culture from the 1960's, 1970's and recently the 1980's.  Recycled culture and cultural stagnation is something that Simon Sheppard has written about, saying that it is a strong indicator of a feminised society:
FORMS AND INDICATORS OF FEMALE INFLUENCE. Several of the following characteristics, such as those involving rapidity of response, originate from females being physically weaker than males and have evolved to compensate for that deficiency. Other behaviours derive from females projecting their nature onto males.
23.  Cultural stagnation, especially recycling former themes in fashion, art and music.  (
So, as you can see, anyone who constantly labels Rage to be a bad thing, is not only embracing oppression, they are also embracing cultural stagnation, and indeed could be said to oppose the very spirit of the cosmos by opposing the spirit of willfullness and creativity.  Rage is a wonderful emotion that is highly undervalued in these emasculated, loovey-dubby times.  Many times it is repressed when it should be released, and as has been shown, repressed rage leads to health ailments.  If you have any chance to cultivate the feelings of Rage within you, then I'd recommend doing so.  It will mean that you will be less likely to be oppressed (by a shitty boss, a shitty government or a gang of thugs), it means that you will be happier (from the oxytocin) and also more creative.

Do it just once, get angry, filled with enthralling rage, possessed by the Óðr of Odin, just so you know what it feels like.  So you can emply it, use it, utilise it when ever it is needed.  Emotions exist for a reason, and should be employed when needed.  Think first, emote second.  Never let your emotions get the better of you, otherwise you'll be screwed over (like a second hand car salesman that 'softens' his quarry/customers up with jokes and donuts).

Here are some related articles on why Rage is a good emotion and should not be oppressed or suppresssed:
  1. The importance of feeling anger during depression (How my therapist prevented me from feeling and expressing my anger and rage) (
  2. Anger can also motivate constructive and creative behavior. (
  3. Psychologists explain that anger and rage and creativity come from exactly the same place, the same source in the human psyche. (
  4. Throughout history, anger has been a tremendous spur to creativity and motivation. (
  5. Can Anger Enhance Creativity?  New Research says yes. (


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