Doug Giles

Anger, like alcohol, is only bad if it’s abused.  However, if used for right reasons and in right amounts (as the inspired Psalmist once said about wine), it can “make the heart merry.”  Anger might not make you glad as quickly as a second glass of merlot can, but if channeled correctly, it will make you giddy about something you desire, but can’t get—until you get angry.

For example:  say you’re an unemployed, 28-year old guy who does nothing but sit on your butt playing Xbox, smoking weed, living with mommy and dating 19-year old girls and guys.  You know what?  You should get angry with yourself because you, clearly, aren’t the coldest beer in the fridge.  You do not have a life, and it should make you mad that other people are actually productive—unlike you.

Need another example?  Say you’re overweight.  Remember what it used to be like to walk across Walmart’s parking lot without having to be gurneyed to your minivan by Randy Mantooth?  Remember the joy of not being able to hide small toys and half-eaten sandwiches between the folds of blubber on your body and being able to actually see the toilet when you use it?  Remember those simple pleasures?  You do?  Does it make you mad that you don’t get to enjoy them any longer?  It does?!?  There you go . . . see how positive anger can be?

Folks, this righteous wrath not only works for personal improvement, but it can also change for the better all aspects of our society—if we’ll get righteously P.O.’d in a precise direction.  And there’s the rub . . . Our neutered nation tells us it’s a big no-no to get mad anymore.

That’s right, being angry is forbidden in our currently castrated culture—unless it’s something that the liberal thought police thinks you should be ticked at, and then you’re forced to fume also or you’re . . .  you’re . . .  you’re a . . . a Nazi!

Nowadays we’ve been forced to memorize this mantra of postmodernism that being nice and accepting of anything and everything—even if it is utter, uncut and unmitigated BS—is our duty.  And it just so happens that BS is the chief characteristic of our society these days.  We’re inundated with it but not supposed to be upset by it, which is convenient if you are the seller of it.

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.