To Those Angry And Frustrated With Injustice

scales-34221_640For all those people who perceive the political, social, economic, natural, ethical injustices of society and the world, it is beyond vital to make the correct impression of the issue.

Anger and frustration is a natural reaction to injustice. When something ought be done but does not or seemingly cannot be done, it is natural to feel frustration – what is, is not what we want it to be. Natural resistance is to expected.

However if we analyse the problem and maintain  the right perspective, we realise that the problem is with ourselves – chiefly our inability to accept the difference between how things are, and how we think they ought to be. To not be angry is not to care any less about injustice, or feel any less strongly on the injustice in question.

To not be frustrated over the issue is to accept what is not in our control – namely achieving social justice any short time soon, inany straightforward manner. Stoic philosophy points out that all things can be divided into those things that are in our control; and those outside our control – the externals. We should not expected more than is possible.

The reality is that progress is going to be slow – but even slower if we don’t recognise this fact and plan appropriately. Accepting this and not being angry, frustrated or depressed is not to condone it, not to belittle the issue- it is a rational acceptance that fighting what is outside of our control is guaranteed to cause suffering and pain, distress and anxiety but most importantly severely limit our own capacity to contribute in our own small way to social progress.

To not let the current horrific situation get to oneself, our focus must be on our actions and solutions. We must realise that in order to have the largest potential impact possible on speeding up the gradual course of justice, the more we are angry or frustrated, the more we emotionally invest and self-identify with the issue, we are in danger of spoiling our personal opportunity to affect social issues of any kind.

Thus, to be angry and frustrated is to impede progress.

It is not about us – there is no room for anger or frustration since it is a profoundly negative state of mind. It doesn’t mean we don’t care it means we care so much that we have figured out why we must behave in a calm manner, otherwise we sabotage ourselves, and thus we dilute our contribution to social progress – justice.

2 thoughts on “To Those Angry And Frustrated With Injustice

  1. While I fully agree that anger/frustration of such magnitude to interfere with efforts to further justice is to be avoided…I’m not so sure that any degree of anger/frustration is necessarily to be eschewed…sometimes the energy generated by such feelings can serve as motivation for constructive action. Just saying. 🙂 (I just now discovered your writing…I’m looking forward to reading your work…thanks for your efforts on behalf of justice)

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    • Hi veganelder, thanks for contributing.

      You make a fair point – I completely agree that the original feeling itself is very motivating and inevitable – it is what we do with the impression afterwards that can create problems. This piece is directed towards those who feel overwhelmed by the scale of injustice and have difficulty dealing with the ensuing emotions (which we all have done at some point cause them great grief and distress) by attempting to shed perspective on the issue.

      Thanks for reading and getting involved.

      It’s been a quiet month on the blog for me – time to rectify that! I’ll be posting some excerpts from my upcoming book (animal ethics) this month.

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