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noah.choi
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anger can be a good moral motivation

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Started: 12/18/2013 Category: Philosophy
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Thamilton

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Anger can be considered good if the focus is towards the right thing, for the right amount of time and towards the right person, according to Aristotle. Because anger is a fleeting emotion it is best spent focusing on the right things because wasting energy on the wrong things are pointless. For example, if you get into a fight with a friend then the anger should be directed towards that friend so when the two make up the relief would be even more pleasing. Because anger is such a natural emotion it is expected that we express anger but only in the ways where it matters. Angry can be seen as a good motivation to relieve built in stress and to always be open in your emotions as this brings forth a natural way to express yourself.
noah.choi

Con

So apparently. it is possible anger can be focused towards the wrong things, the wrong amount of time, and towards the wrong person. So if you get into a fight with a friend, and you angry at them, it is possible that you two do not make up. Is anger worth it? You say we should control our anger and use it for the right reason, are you saying that you should not do anything that anger dictates? If that is the case, then clearly, there is no need for anger. So if you are saying that you should be open to your emotions to express yourself NATURALLY, why should you control your anger? Clearly, anger is something meant to be ungoverned, and as our class has stressed, we should only focus on things in our control, such as reason.
Debate Round No. 1
Thamilton

Pro

Ok sure but you express that anger should be suppressed or even eradicated because it doesn't solve anything. But its impossible for someone to hide their emotions. The fact that someone will do something that may cause you to get upset or even arise a negative emotion in you is something that will happen. If we understand anger in the ways you express you will only cause more stress and grief to yourself. The point that Im trying to make is that our reaction to things isn't alway conscious and when its not we can't control our anger so its best to allow it to float freely instead of caging it in. It is easier to just allow for anger to present itself and then resolve because holding it in would make matters worse. Anger is not a caged emotion thus, why should one try to suppress something that is only momentary. One cannot not be mad forever but it will make life easier to release your anger.
noah.choi

Con

It is not necessarily impossible for someone to hide their emotions. It is typically VERY hard to do so in our society today, because we have so many distractions. However, it is clear that our values are in the wrong place. The fact that we will get angry because our coffee isn't hot enough isn't means to be in a negative state. And if you understand anger in my terms, you will hold value over what really matters. So you're saying that we cannot control anger sometimes and that we should let it flow freely. So we should kill people if we think them to deserve to die? I don't think so. And apparently, you believe anger should be a caged emotion when you say "Because anger is such a natural emotion it is expected that we express anger but only in the ways where it matters". Life will not actually be easier when you let your anger take over and you murder a dozen people and spend the rest of your life in prison.
Debate Round No. 2
Thamilton

Pro

I am not suggesting that life will be easier or not even enabling crime such as murder. I am pretty sure that values hold no place in a person"s mind when their angry based on impulse. If you suggest that someone gets angry over coffee do you believe that they think about their moral values and the reasons why they should not be mad at this situation? NO! Because anger is an impulsive emotion that is meant to be released. You even suggest that my understanding of anger enablers murders and criminals to do bad things. When I am only suggesting that anger happens impulsively thus it should be released in a proper manner. If we are mad at someone who stepped on our shoe we naturally react in an angry way maybe cursing at the person while cause relief to that person but either way it should only help the person who is angry at that moment. If that person goes home with a sore foot the anger will only re surface and it will manifest into stress that is unwanted. The problem is learning how to control the way you handle anger. It doesn"t have to be violent but it is a way to release the anger when its there.
noah.choi

Con

You have not answered my previous question of " You say we should control our anger and use it for the right reason, are you saying that you should not do anything that anger dictates?" So you stated "When I am only suggesting that anger happens impulsively thus it should be released in a proper manner. If we are mad at someone who stepped on our shoe we naturally react in an angry way maybe cursing at the person while cause relief to that person but either way it should only help the person who is angry at that moment." How can we control things that are impulsive? Impulsive things are acts done without forethought. You cannot control anger if it is impulsive, and undermine your statements in your first round when you say "Because anger is a fleeting emotion it is best spent focusing on the right things because wasting energy on the wrong things are pointless." What are these wrong things? Because apparently, the right things to get angry at are when people step on your shoe.
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