I was a very angry person in my early twenties. Inwardly angry, to be clear. Outwardly, you'd never guess. Nowadays, I'm not really all that angry, ever. That is not the case for many, however.
People have told us often how best we can deal with anger. They tell us to punch pillows. To take a drive to the ocean and scream. To turn to alcohol or drugs or any other sort of external solution.
Here's the catch: anger is internal. It is an emotion within us. Nothing in the world is angry. No situation or object or occurrence. Anger comes from within and is based on our perceptions.
If we truly wish to deal with anger we experience, we need to go inside--not outside.
Imagine how not angry I was to come across this video from The School Of Life's YouTube channel that clearly and concisely, and with the help of memorable animation, identifies the source of our anger.
Angry people are not actually angry people, philosophy tells us (and this video informs us). No. Angry people are actually hopeful people. Stupidly hopeful people. People so hopeful about how life goes and the world works that they actually continue to believe their rose-colored imaginings over the way things actually are.
The solution to dashing our anger permanently, it turns out, is not the most pleasant of suggestions. In fact, I can see how many might bristle at the concepts discussed here. But it's something I've come to accept, and I've found it helps me immeasurably every day.
To learn this life lesson, press play below.