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anger can be a good moral motivation

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Started: 12/23/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mendes36

Pro

I believe anger can be a good motivation for a lot of reasons. It is still till this day used as a motivation to win battles, wars, and fights amongst other people and countries. It also gives a person or country the adrenaline they need to achieve something they couldn't imagine achieving before without it. So it gives them the push they need to succeed and to over come obstacles that are put in front of them. Anger is usually used as a good action because it is aimed at a positive outcome. So i believe that anger can be a good motivation because not only has it been around for many years as a motivator, but also it is used to overcome hardships.
Mavpa

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Anger is not a good motivation because people cannot control their emotions. And anger is a really strong emotion. What if person will lose control over the anger, is it still a good motivation, and will it be used properly? And if we consider fights and wars is it even morally right thing if people die? And there is other way to increase adrenaline such as fear.
Debate Round No. 1
mendes36

Pro

Well fights and wars only occur when someone is in danger and or if a country feels threatened. So if a country or people do not have anger then they will be walked on and be pushed around. Don't people need to take a stand for themselves and countries as well? I believe that anger does involve losing emotion but only to the extent to that which they achieve a positive outcome. So if your getting smacked and or picked on you wouldn't get angry and try to stop it? Anger is in everybody and will always be used as a motivator for centuries to come.
Mavpa

Con

Is there any particular example of people using anger in war? Anger makes people feel insecure. For example, if people know that others can become angry at any moment, they won't feel safe at that point. They can stand for themselves because of duty or protection, anger is additional. It is not the case that you'll get angry when you smacked or picked, it is a feeling that somebody hurts you. There are people, like Buddhas, who don't feel angry, but try to get rid of it.
Debate Round No. 2
mendes36

Pro

Yes but you just agreed with my essential point that when people get faced with a bad obstacle like a fight or a war they use anger to overcome it. As an example America when 9/11 occurred we were faced with a lot of anger because innocent lives were taken. So as an act with anger we retaliated and re insured our power to the terrorists countries. People use anger a lot to overcome multiple thing like body builders use anger as a motivation to push heavier weights, some people use anger to get jobs done, and others use it as a sense of self defense. So it cannot be only deemed as a bad emotion just because it eliminates all emotions at one time. It should be viewed as a equal emotion because it is so frequently used and for the good. How can Buddhas not feel anger and try to get rid of it at the same time. Its either they don't feel it so theirs no point of trying to get rid of something you don't have or they have anger.
Mavpa

Con

I meant that people feel something, but it is not anger. What people wanted is justice. But it could be that terrorist used anger as their motivation and made up catastrophe. Body builders and self-defense is not something moral, so it is not a good example that can be relevant. But it eliminates reasons too which is important. They just do not accept this emotion, I did not say that they do not feel it, what they do is control.
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