See, I was taught to communicate and work through emotions that way. But there’s a lot to be said for also venting it. Not necessarily on the offender with a 2×4, but getting it out somehow.
As Mark Twain once commented; “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”
And he also wrote: “When angry count four; when very angry, swear.”
Finally, he wrote: “There is more real pleasure to be gotten out of a malicious act, where your heart is in it, than out of thirty acts of a nobler sort.”
I prefer the way the late Erma Bombeck phrased it. When told, “Never strike your child in anger,” she replied, “WHAT better time?”
I actually expected Vachel to suggest pummeling Ted.
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