Do you think that anger, dis-compassion and hatred are usually symptoms of weakness? Why or why not?
If you know of any psychological studies into the matter, please post here about them.
Generally speaking, I think that anger, dis-compassion and hatred are signs of weakness and/or the self-perception of weakness.
Namely, I think people get frustrated by their own weakness, which makes them angry, dis-compassionate, and hateful and makes them more likely to resort to violence and other primitive and brutish techniques (not as a form of defense but as a means of offensive attack and control). When a person is socially weak, I believe the person will likely compensate by using the brutish techniques associated with anger, dis-compassion, and hatred.
Additionally, people who believe themselves to be weak will tend to have an inferiority complex, which is notorious for often resulting in excessive aggressiveness as a form of overcompensation, such as in the cliched case of most schoolyard bullies.
In another example, consider the crazy "school shooters" who go to schools to shoot wildly at their classmates and usually kill themselves. Wouldn't you say that that extreme example of vengeful anger, dis-compassion, and hatred is a sign of severe weakness and the pathological self-perception of weakness.
In another example, if you back an animal into a corner, making it feel scared and weak, it will lash out violently and erratically, which in humans would be called anger, dis-compassion, or hatred.
In contrast, wouldn't you say that compassion is generally a sign of strength and clearheadedness ? I would. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the strongest historical figures I can think of, and I believe he is a great example of how genuine strength enables a person to act on their love and to influence society without resorting to the destructive use of offensive violence and judgmental vengeance associated with anger, dis-compassion and hatred?
What do you think?