VIRTUES & VICES
ANGER vs MEEKNESS
Once again we have meekness, which, by definition, is the same as Humility. Here the Great Minds have placed it in opposition to Anger. Does that mean that, in their thinking, Anger and Pride are the same also?
Of course, they most likely had good reasons, and their logic is just buried too deep for my reasoning powers to find. So I will muddle on the best I can and try to make sense of it.
Anger is simple enough, at least on the surface. It's an emotion, a feeling, usually a response to something that takes us over and we have no control over.
What we can control, however, is our behavior in spite of that emotion.
Meekness on the other hand, seems to me to be an attitude, a state of being. A lifestyle we have chosen for ourselves.
However, it could also be cowardice. It could be a cover for fear we don't want to expose or admit to.
If by meekness the Great Minds meant fear, then both Anger and Fear (meekness) would fit in the same category.
But I can't imagine that this is what they meant, so I'll try it another way. Perhaps by anger they were referring to our behavior, that is our physical and verbal response to our feeling. That would fit. Jesus told us to "Be angry, and sin not." He also told us that (as I interpret His words) to dwell on a sin in our mind, thereby fixing it in our heart, is the same as committing that sin.
Perhaps this is what those men of antiquity meant. That is, to handle our feelings of anger as though we weren't angry. That would surely be meekness.
However, by taking this road, danger stalks those who deny that they are angry, suppress their anger, or believe that they are above anger.
That problem can be avoided by using Jesus' admonition to be angry but don't sin. No suppression or denial there.
Perhaps this attitude could, and should, be taken with other emotions. After all, anger is not the only feeling that's likely to get us in trouble. Consider lust, or gluttony, or even love. But those will be covered in their own section.
This seems to have exhausted my resources on this topic. But perhaps you can make more sense of it than I have been able.
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On the surface, everything seems so simple. If we just accept what we are told, life moves so easily onward. But if we stop to question what we are told, we very often either find that there is a much deeper and more important message being presented, or, that we have been gobbling up doublespeak.