Dear Curious Souls,
Perhaps you've noticed that in the last few years anger has become the prime emotion that fills our daily news cycle, our social media feeds, and the streets; anger on all sides of debates surrounding race, immigration, the environment, the pandemic, truth and lies, corruption and conspiracy. Perhaps you feel it too, bubbling up daily.
Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly, depending on your point of view), this anger seems to be embraced more than avoided in our culture, and it's popularly seen as a sign of strength, integrity and care, rather than a problem or vice. It is seen as the necessary motor and motivation behind change, reform and the fight for justice. But is anger as productive as it is popularly thought to be?
In our next workshop in January we'll read selections from Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice by contemporary philosopher Martha Nussbaum and consider the uses and abuses of anger in political life. We'll examine the ways in which anger blocks productive political movement and discuss ways in which it might transition into collaborative problem solving. We'll also have a chance to reflect on the the kinds of anger we experience personally and consider how we might transform them into productive action.
Come with us to:
Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, 2020, 1-3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Online via Zoom
Learn more and register here.
Monica Vilhauer, founder of Curious Soul Philosophy, designs and leads workshops and retreats that approach philosophy as a way of life. She also offers one-on-one philosophical counseling for adults.