Alphabetical Emotions: Rage

RWhen I grew up rage was violent, uncontrollable anger such as I described in my first emotion anger Nowadays the Australian youth have a lot of rage on board. They go to rage parties where excessive drinking, drug taking or both render the participant unlikely to remember the previous night but for them rage is synonymous with enjoyment.

The word of course originates from rabies and I can see a resemblance to a rabid dog both in the person that is suffering this extreme anger or in the youth as they rage at a party. Mind you I have never seen a rabid dog so I could be corrected on this score.

These days it is also used to express a strong desire or passion such as in “a rage to live”. Or if you replace the a with a the it becomes a temporary enthusiasm for something such as fashion “It is all the rage to dress in knickerbockers.”

Any angry type rage is not pleasant to deal with and if someone flys into a rage it is frightening and on occasion dangerous if you are unexpectedly the brunt of it. Road rage can lead to knives being pulled and people being killed. The one punch givers I presume also have a lot of rage burning in them to walk up to unknown innocent people and give then one huge hit to the head often causing severe injury and death.

The most raging I do is raging against injustices and human rights abuses, land and climate issues. I will rant and rage in the form of protesting strongly in the form of letters and rallies. Thankfully, anger management is not a problem I have to deal with.





About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Alphabetical Emotions: Rage

  1. Important post Irene.
    It is sad, when people did not learn how to use their temper in a good way. Unfortunately a lot of adult people need to learn anger management caused the same.
    I remember many years ago, when I became mad. Not to hurt my kids I went to the garden and used my power out there and in periods I had a very well kept garden 🙂


  2. Sherri says:

    You are so right Irene, so many people seem to be so angry and full of rage these days. Excellent post as always.
    My daughter tells me that on Tumblr, where she has a few blogs (role playing, perfect for Aspies!) there is so much anger towards others who don’t believe in the same things or like the same things. So much voice but not much listening.
    I hope I haven’t missed too many of your posts, just beginning to catch up today. I hope too that you had a wonderful Easter. Looking forward to taking a few walks with you this week my friend, getting some exercise and catching up with you… 🙂 Love Sherri x


  3. Jenni says:

    Just letting you know that I have nominated you for a number of awards, just follow the link.


  4. I think the lack of face to face socialization in our kids’ lives leads to a lot of the negative behavior – bullying, rage, rudeness… in the digital world, there are no consequences. Your blog struck a chord!


  5. Sue Kuentz says:

    I’m witnessing rage more and more these days and that bothers me! I’ve always known that hormones in those teens and early 20’s, esp. men tends to move emotions overboard but I’m seeing rage in all ages – not sure if the anger was ever dealt with in their early years – very sad!


    • Yes Sue, it does seem to be becoming more of an issue than it was in my youth or perhaps it is just being reported more but I do think it is lack of learning in the early years. Possibly lack of punishment. I think children’s rights have gone too far but few are prepared now to punish their children for anger and give them strategies to deal with it in a more positive fashion. I’m probably sounding like the old lady I am. Thanks for commenting. Cheers Irene


  6. FullEmpty says:

    Thanks for the emotionally honest and powerful writing.


  7. fictionfitz says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Out Loud and commented:
    A problem that needs attention and controls


  8. joannwentzel says:

    I guess it’s ‘all the rage’ to lose control and take no responsibility for your actions.


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