People infuriate us. Someone cuts you off in traffic, someone in the line in front of you is rude to the store clerk, someone takes exception with you texting while sitting in a movie theater. Whatever it is, people have the ability to push our rage and react button.
The problem is that our reaction is not meant with a rebuttal of discourse or even a rebuttal fist in the mouth. No, our reaction is meant with cold, blue steel and hot, burning lead. Our reaction is met with the other person pulling out a gun and shooting us. Sometimes dead.
This is serious and this is a problem.
In addition to the movie theater incident mentioned above, a similar incident happened in the Tampa Bay area three years ago as well. Similar examples of rage are occuring at alarming rates throughout the country.
What can we do?
For one, take control of our own behavior. Viktor Fankl once said* "between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response..." The stimulus is someone cutting us off in traffic. The space is the time we have to decide: Do we mess with this guy? Or do we let it go? Our response is the action we choose to take.
Is getting killed worth the seconds of supposed relief you get from venting? As you lay there dying you might think it was. The question you have to ask is: Is it worth it to your friends and family?
*There is discussion that Frankl was not the first to say this. But I don't think anyone has been able to figure out who did.