Anger Is Not Additive

As soon as we add anger to our cause, we begin to lose credibility.

No matter how righteous and justified we may be, anger distorts the truth.

It blinds us from its own ill effects and deafens others to what we have to say.

There is nothing good that anger can make better.

And, there is nothing bad that anger can not make worse.

It is never additive.

It always takes more than it gives in return.

Anger is a detour from our path.

It is not the path.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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