If you want to live a therapeutically correct life you must express your feelings. You have been told that bottling up your feelings will cause immense psychic, and perhaps even physiological damage.
Unfortunately, no one seems concerned about the damage done by using such idiotic metaphors.
This instruction applies especially to the toxic emotion of anger. The culture considers anger to be toxic so it advises you to spew it out, lest it poison your soul. It isn’t quite as bad as the bottling-up metaphor, but still it’s a metaphor.
The result is that too many people express too much anger too often. Having been taught that expressing anger is therapeutic, they feel obliged to get angry on a regular basis. If they cannot find anything to get angry about they get angry because they have nothing to be angry about.
More and more people can fly into a rage over political disagreements. They take offense at the drop of a politically incorrect pronoun and shout down the opposition. They consider thought crimes to be grievous aggressions and respond to them with a full-throated assault.
In the old days, people who were too quick to take offense were said to be thin-skinned. In the old days people were advised to control their emotions: never let them see you sweat; keep a stiff upper life.
They knew, as we do not, that when you self-respect hangs on a verbal trifle, you are undermining your confidence.
Sadly, but predictably, when you waste your anger on trifles you will not have very much in reserve when you really need it. You will take serious umbrage and launch a barrage of venomous criticism against anyone who dares offer a politically incorrect opinion, but when a terrorist blows up the finish line of the Boston Marathon, you mutter something about the religion of peace.
For that reason Michelle L’Heureux’s comments strike a chord. Waiting at the finish line of the Marathon to see her boyfriend finish the race L’Heureux was struck by one of the bombs that the Tsarnaev brothers planted.
According to The Boston Herald (via Instapundit):
L’Heureux lost most of her left knee in the blasts, and 30 percent of her hearing in her left ear. Her left arm is riddled with shrapnel scars, and there’s a piece of metal still inside her leg.
As opposed to most commenters, L’Heureux is angry, about the bombers, about their mother and about their religion:
A Boston Marathon bombing victim hospitalized for weeks after the blasts lashed out at the mother of the accused bombers, calling Zubeidat Tsarnaeva “vile” for her jihad-laced rants and denials.
Michelle L’Heureux, a 38-year-old John Hancock consultant, told the Herald yesterday it’s time to stop being “politically correct” and speak out — making her one of the first victims to stand up to the terror-talking Chechen family.
“I feel a little bit of hatred towards her. I think she is a vile person,” L’Heureux said of the mom. “If you don’t like our country, get out. It’s as simple as that.”…
“To come in and hurt all these children and people. ... I don’t know any other religion that kills for their religion and think they are going to heaven. That part’s tough to understand,” she said. …
A Muslim terrorist bombed us, and people need to start talking about that more, instead of being so politically correct,” L’Heureux said. “The more politically correct we are, and the more ‘Oh, let’s not hurt their feelings,’ the more they’re going to be able to do these type of things.”
Would that we could hear such remarks more often. Perhaps we should judge the culture by the anger that no one dares to voice.