Why We Shout In Anger

A Hindu saint, who was visiting river Ganges to take a bath, found a group of family members on the banks shouting at each other in anger. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked: ”Why do people shout in anger at each other?”

His disciples thought for a while before one of them said, “Because when we lose our calm, we shout.”

“But why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can just tell him what you have to say in a soft manner,” probed the saint.

The disciples tried giving other explanations but none were satisfactory.

Finally the saint explained, “When two people are angry with 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 to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small.”

The saint continued, “When two people love each other, what happens? They just whisper and get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they need not even whisper… They only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.”

He looked at his disciples and said, “So do not let your hearts get distant when you argue. Do not say words that distance each other more, or there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.”

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