Is Silence the Only Solution to Anger?

(I wrote this argumentative essay in grade 8)

Do you really think that silence is the only solution to anger? Well, of course some might agree while others would oppose this statement. In a way, both views are right! Silence is the solution to anger yet it is not always the only solution.

Sometimes, expressing your feelings, even when they are of anger ends a fight or a quarrel quicker than remaining silent does. And many people agree to the opinion, that it is better to have a verbal argument than to hold a grudge and nurse hatred against a person, as said by William Blake in his poem ‘The Poison Tree’: “I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow.”  Is it not said that an open foe is better than a hidden one? And then, there are times when you just cannot help yourself and showing your anger does become necessary.

But then, remember, you need to stay within limits, keeping the pros of silence in mind as well. First of all, keeping silent makes you appear calm and composed and soon your anger may pass. And then our Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH not only always refrained from anger but he also declared it as “Haram”, and he told us to keep silent while angry. Some people, in fact most of you might or do agree that sometimes, keeping silent solves an issue while expressing emotion or anger makes it all the more complicated and difficult to solve. In such instances, showing anger is like you are trapped in room which is set ablaze and you want to extinguish the fire but your hands are mechanically adding more fuel and coal to that fire so it burns even more fiercely. Here, you must remember that your opinion can be shared in a different and more tolerable way. Emily Dickinson once said: “Saying nothing…sometimes says the most.” This quote is truer than one might think it seems to be. In a state of anger, one can do such actions and say such words, which he/she would repent later. Isn’t it better to avoid this situation than to spoil your and other’s peace of mind just in order to express your feelings?

Truly, even though sometimes, anger might be beneficial, 8 times of 10, it causes nothing but harm, to both: the victim of a person’s anger and the angry one himself.

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