Rage is Loss

By Javier Munoz
Posted on: August 26, 2011
2 comments so far (is that a lot?)

When writing about a subject, I post ideas on my Facebook profile to assess multiple perspectives. It is certainly easier to consider different points of view when they are explained through personal stories. I am fortunate to have a highly engaged Facebook community to get things started. This time I posted this on my Facebook profile:

    –> Rage is Loss

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Rage is a very common emotion that we have all experienced. It was interesting to see that a few participants started to ponder about the purpose of rage, how useful or necessary it is to express it, and whether or not it could be negative or a great motivator to make positive changes. Nonetheless, there was a general sense that thinking of rage as a “loss” implied that it was a negative emotion.

It is reasonable to find the word “loss” interpreted in association with something negative. It seems that to some people the direct interpretation was a generalization that “anger is bad”. Instead, the intention was to describe anger simply as a loss of personal energy with no moral implications. Meaning that such a loss may have a purpose, it may be necessary in a personal process, it may appear to be justified, or reasonable, but it remains a loss nonetheless.

Energy can certainly be lost, which does not mean that it is destroyed. All natural processes, including all human processes, have energy losses as byproducts and this energy loss is the main quality that describes the irreversibility of events found in nature. The direction of events mentioned here is driven by a universal quest found in the whole of nature towards reaching a new dynamic equilibrium while minimizing losses. Why is nature driven to behave this way is not known, and we may never know it, but it is the fundamental quality of life and our higher being.

Rage is simply a form of loss that we all work towards minimizing knowingly or unknowingly. It is what it is, what it has to be to realize a new state of equilibrium. Some humans are conscious of their own processes and when you master them you create the greatest value with the least loss. If said mastery is not achieved for a given process, the loss becomes a lesson. Hence, the expression of rage could be a necessary lesson in your journey towards a new dynamic equilibrium in harmony with your higher being.

2 Responses to “Rage is Loss”

  1. Robert Chaffee Says:


    Just one note, I think you might clarify:

    “Rage is simply a form of loss . . . . knowingly or unknowingly.”

    might be more accurately stated as:

    “Rage is a part of the human experience and part of the cycle transformation, following the experience of loss. Knowingly or unkowingly, we all work toward minimizing the experience of loss, which, depending on the perceived degree of loss, can be profoundly painful.”

    I think the phrase is ‘namaste’.

    Love this work. The balance of “taking action” and “letting go” is the work of self-mastery.
    It is good to see your undertaking in this work.

  2. Javier Munoz Says:

    Thank you Robert for kindly extending this exchange with such thoughtful comment. Your contributions and support here and on Facebook a greatly appreciated.

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