I just read a thoughtful article by Patty Davis about how she was cured of her near road rage by Ann Countergiest.
A Driving Lesson from Ann Coulter
How the right-winger’s rant against John Edwards taught me that anger is just not the best way to ride through life.
Patty describes her long battle to get a grip on her anger at fellow motorists. When she heard the Coultergiest on Chris Matthews wishing that John Edwards would be killed by a terrorist attack, she started thinking about anger.
All night, I thought about anger, about how it transforms any situation, and not in a good way. How it’s like a virus. How it demoralizes and wounds. At moments, I wondered if Ann Coulter ever stops, grows quiet and asks God how she’s doing here on earth, in this life that’s been given her. Does she really feel good about it? Does she go to bed at night proud of how she’s treated other people? Certainly she’s made a lot of money, but does she really feel prosperous, abundant? Isn’t true wealth about much more than money? Isn’t it also about kindness, about having a positive effect on the people around you—or at least trying to? If a child said they wished someone had died in a terrorist attack, he or she would be reprimanded and talked to very seriously about the toxicity of such remarks. When did we stop holding adults to that same standard?
These thoughts brought about a change in Davis’ attitude toward her fellow drivers and she found that her near road rage was cured.
…And I swore that if I ever backslide, I will faithfully think again of Ann Coulter to remind myself that anger is just not the best way to drive through life.
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While taking a neural psychology course at university I learned that the brain of someone who is ANGRY fires the SAME as does the brain of someone who is PSYCHOTIC during a psychotic episode. In essence being angry is tantamount to being “insane.” Armed with that information, I vowed to NEVER allow myself to become angry much less enraged. It was odd that it took my seeing scientific evidence that anger is insanity when my grandmother had since I was a toddler taught me to “Never permit the behaviour of others to change who you are.”
Ann Coulter is to the right wing conservatives what Molly Ivins was to the left wing liberals. To PRETEND that one extreme is more righteous than the other is delusional. Both women have COUNTLESS followers because it is FAR easier to REACT in an insane manner to an insane situation than it is to MANTAIN sanity when surrounded by lunacy. However, maintaining sanity is worth the effort because sanity grants a person the ability to be OBJECTIVE.
I never saw Molly Ivans being hateful, cruel or angry. She used humor to get her point across (of if it was otherwise, I didn’t see it).
Neither one was objective.
But Ann Coulter is nasty.