Anger is one thing and violence that follows from anger is quite another; in our present society we see the results of anger increasing. Catholic Times has an article on anger in society, and begins with a number of the recent incidents where anger was not controlled: resulting in murders, injuries and serious violence.
report said the number of those seeking help at hospitals for anger
disorders continues to increase. The difficulty that Koreans have
admitting a problem in this area, says the columnist, indicates the
numbers are much larger. Social problems from this uncontrollable
anger syndrome accounts for 40 percent of the crimes of violence. Last
year over 366,527 crimes of violence, 152,249 were from fits of anger.
is the reason for this uncontrollable anger? Authorities say much of
it comes from the self-centered environment that we have. Society puts great value in satisfying our personal desires, and when obstacles are in the way, anger appears. Our society is a very
competitive, and ways of relieving anger are not easily
is not a sufficient reason for the situation, however. In the family we see the development of this
anger, not solved, it extends out to society. A professor is quoted
in the article: all are somewhat angry in our society. Those in the 20s
and 30s face unemployment, and are not happy with the way structures are
managed. The generation of the 40s and 50s are fearful of losing their
jobs, and fear the unknown retirement, and those in their 60s and 70s are not appreciated.
Last year we had the Sewol tragedy-- the reason for anger of most of our citizens for something that
need not have happened. We had the International Monetary Fund crisis
in 1997, that left Korea with a restructuring process that is still felt.
There are also those who find the
polarization of society and the income disparity a reason for the
anger. A situation that many feel is not possible to overcome no matter
what they do: the haves and have-nots of society and the stratification
of the situation.
What can be done with the present
situation? Realization that anger is a part of daily life and find ways
to reduce, prevent and cope with the stress that one experiences in life. Find a hobby, asking others for help in managing the anger,
and if necessary to go to a doctor for help. Families should be
helpful in the process, and efforts in schools and families in character building.
When society has
problems that are not resolved, efforts are necessary to
make for a just and fair society. Extreme interest in results and
the competition in society has to be faced with the realization what this is doing to society. This can be examined with principles and theories
but continual efforts are necessary to prepare a level playing field for all the citizens.