Show Fortitude, Not Anger

According to the First Noble Truth of Suffering, there are eight kinds of suffering in life. Hatred is one of them. It arises when we encounter undesirable people or situations and brings unspeakable suffering.

Although our parents and teachers have always taught us to control our anger, we often ignore their advice and let anger get the better of us. For example, I might be furious because you were not friendly or respectful. I might even resent you because you are better than I am or have a different view. Your success or wealth might agitate me. Your casual glance or words might enrage me. No matter what the situation is, if I chose to be angry and resentful, nothing will stop this powerful emotion from arising.

People are too quick to let out their anger. As a result, tension and negativity permeate our society. Everywhere we turn, we see acts of violence. Everywhere we go, we are assailed by a strong sense of hatred and resentment. It seems like everyone is on edge, ready to explode. Although we were taught to be patient and reasonable, we can never stay calm and clearheaded when failure and hardships rear their ugly heads. Instead of fighting for our sanity, we choose to give in to anger and spite.

“Show Fortitude, Not Anger” is a proverb of lasting value. Showing fortitude is not to strive for temporary excellence, but to seek lasting strength in order to be right and just. Fortitude means to combat evil with righteousness and narrow-mindedness with tolerance, and to cultivate the “Great Spirit of Nobility.” These should be our standards. We should praise and follow the examples of the wise ancient sages and the noble virtues of the benevolent.

Showing fortitude means not be discouraged by temporary setbacks, but to strive vigorously to improve after failure. It is not to lose determination or ambition, but to renew ourselves by dedicating our efforts to future success. We need to be people of integrity, inspiring courage and greatness in others. If we fight our way through adversities and frustrations and turn grief and indignation into strength, we can achieve a better future.

Why does anger invade our hearts and take hold of our minds? It is because we have too many pent-up resentments and frustrations. We should never disappoint ourselves, stay mad, and lose our strength. We should know that a deflated ball has no use whatsoever. Only by not disappointing ourselves down can we acquire a position of invincibility.

If we want to strive for success, we must have the determination and courage to improve and conduct ourselves properly. Without a strong will, we lack the power to propel ourselves upward. Without the power to excel and persevere, it will be impossible for us to steer clear of anger and resentment. If we strongly resolve to better ourselves, we will have nothing to worry about in our lives.