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Why Do We Shout In Anger?

January is the month of the let’s-start-all-over again days, when we try to return to our sane minds, and breath free again after the December’s delirium.

February, of course, is the Love month, the month for letting go and letting it happen – to just be in love. Well that's an awesome thing to do and it's very important when it comes to loving each other -- but so is maintaining the relationship and the love.

Though it's still few days before Valentine’s day, I want to kick off this week with an interesting philosophical story about loving each other. It’s also been a few months since I last posted an inspiring story here, so I think sharing this story is appropriate.   

I hope you'll take the story’s wisdom to heart and use them as reminders to stay close and maintain the love in your heart -- no matter what.

Here’s the story: 

A master asked his disciples:

"Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?"
The disciples thought for a while, and one of them said, 

"Because we lose our calm, we shout for that."

"But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?"

The disciples gave him some other answers but none satisfied the master.

Finally he explained:

"When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other through that great distance."

Then the master asked:

"What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is very small…"

And he concluded:

"When they love each other even more, what happens?

They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love."
"Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other."

» [with permission to re-post] Story by Paulo Coelho."30 SEC READING: why do we shout in anger?" Posted: on January 9, 2012 at
» Image Source: Flickr from Yahoo "What a handsome face" by Lutz Schubert

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