There is a quote that is often used on posters and websites that states “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” This has, wrongly, been attributed to the Buddha. While this is the case, it still holds true. While anger is a natural emotion and sometimes the reaction to outside forces, to continue to hold onto it is unhealthy. The same could be said for anything that overwhelms you including love, joy, and happiness. To act without the ability to direct yourself is to give over to your animal side. When this happens, you lose the balance of life and perspective.
We live in an age of immediate information. We are bombarded almost daily with emotional triggers about the world around us. It drives our lives forward, holding onto the emotions we are told to, whether they be love or hate, sorrow or joy. The question often becomes at that point, are we reacting to the event or to the reaction of those around us?
It is said that reality, social reality, is a consensual creationi. Even with this though, do we lose our unique nature when we give into any stereotype or archetype. On the other side of this, can we or do we use these frameworks to build our own lives on.