“I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow.” (William Blake, “A Poison Tree”.)
Anger, on both a personal and a national level, can often be a real problem, as the current political scene makes plain. But how should we deal with anger – suppress it, transcend it, or just be honest about it?
In Blake’s poem, when he “told it not”, his anger grew and grew into a “poison tree” with predictable consequences – but just speaking our minds can often be just as bad.
We shall look at various strategies, from diplomacy to meditation, in the hopes of finding a better way of coping with our wrath.
Led by Mike Rutter. All welcome.