Hey all you channel surfing fiends, including the erstwhile brats beware! Channel surfing can be injurious to your health and may cost your life if you happen to be a friend of a certain gent in Nagachery village near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
I read the shocking news in this morning’s papers about how a man from the said village clubbed his friend for channel surfing during a commercial break while watching an IPL match. The victim died of serious head injuries after battling for life for four days in a hospital. Wow! So much anger over something as trivial as a cricket match!
We see them everywhere: the ill-tempered shopkeeper whose temper can explode in one moment, the boss at work, the intolerant parent who is quick to raise his or her hand at a disobedient child, the driver who is quick to succumb to road rage…the list can go on. One reaction in anger can do great damage which can range from making the victim angry enough to react similarly with another person, to causing physical and psychological harm, to damaging property, to even taking a life as in the above case.
What is it about anger that makes people do such heinous things? The foremost reason that comes to mind is intolerance of another’s behavior, whether it is something as innocuous as changing channels on the TV, getting stuck in a traffic jam or delay in being attended to, at a supermarket check-out counter. The other reason is the stress of everyday life getting to people and making them act impulsively and harm the ones that are causing even the smallest irritation.
No matter what, it is important to try and control one’s temper. Counting to ten, drinking a glass of cold water and taking a deep breath — might all sound like simplistic solutions, but they all work; if only to cause a delay, thus reducing the chances of a violent reaction.
I would like to know how you guys out there control your temper when faced with situations that bug you. I might learn a few tricks myself from your inputs.