Monday, June 07, 2010

Anger is an energy

I could be wrong, I could be right
I haven't bought my copy of The Quarterly Essay yet, but it won't be long. I'm intrigued as to why people seem to think that having a solid core of anger fuelling one's career is a bad thing.

Don't get me wrong, what I am about to say is not a defence of KRudd and his various failures and behaviours.

I could be wrong, I could be right
I could be black, I could be white
I could be right, I could be wrong
I could be white, I could be black
However, as every novel reader knows, ambition needs fuel. You can't be happy with the world and then set out to change the world. As I suspect we're about to find out, happy, (overly) stimulated, never-bored and always praised children rarely have the fury and force to become the next brilliant genius that their parents expect them to become.

Ambition, and you need ambition to become something as loathsome as a politician, might be a burning desire to control because you felt like the underdog, or to be bigger than everyone else because you were passed from house to house and never had new clothes, and so forth.

Am I teaching you all to suck eggs? If so, please do explain... apart from a propensity to have hissy fits and be quite bossy, what is the problem with someone being an inner angry man? Especially if that anger is channelled into the dog-eat-cat world of politics and not into something like hitting women or shooting inncoent bystanders? Which is the kind of angry man I'd like to avoid, thank you very much.

Your time has come, your second skin
The cost so high the gain so low
Walk through the valley

The written work is a lie
May the road rise with you

Maybe this is a slight defence for KRudd. Because really, I'd rather have a vaguely religious hotly angry man in power than a cold, creepy highly religious angry man in power. The cold religious ones are the ones to watch out for. KR wants to prove something to us. TA wants to control us.

They put a hot wire to my head
Cos of the things i did and said
They made these feelings go away
Model citizen in every way
May the road rise with you
Anger is an energy
Anger is an energy
Anger is an energy
Anger is an energy

But then again, maybe we should all vote for someone else. Contenders, step up now.

[Lyrics: Public Image Ltd. Cartoon: Courier Mail]


elsewhere said...

Yes, vague is always good when it comes to religion.

I'm surprised to hear of K07 being described as angry. If anything I would have picked TA for a more angry type, tho perhaps he is kind of complacent -- all that North Shore-ism.

ronnie said...

I'm waiting for a quietly forceful, fiercely independent, honestly humble, wise WOMAN to step forward....

oh who am I kidding.....

it is a universal truth that it doesn't matter who you vote for - you end up with a politician....

dinahmow said...

I'm not sure "anger" is the right word here. Perhaps hunger? And fat cats are never truly hungry.

Like Ronnie, I'm waiting...

Fiona Dempster said...

I think I agree pretty much - but then out comes my bias. I have no problem with the inner angry person - we need them to change the world. I guess my problem is be that I would like their anger to coincide with mine so that they are angry about the sorts of things I am angry about.

For example being angry about anything that isn't fundamentalist (by any religion) scares me, and I really don't want that anger ruling my world. But, seriously, I don't think it's KR's inner-angry that's the problem.

cristy said...

Yes, I agree. I am no fan of KRudd, but I am not sure why we are supposed to be concerned that he is angry. As you say, the issue is about how people channel their anger rather than whether or not they have it.

Ida said...

is he angry enough to keep julia at bay.....because i seriously don't wont her and her 'leagues table' mentality ruling anyones world!!