Moses could have used one of these in his day.

One of the reasons why this columnist does not take ancient texts seriously is because such texts were written by very ignorant people who simply judged behavior without any examination of the science behind it.

For example, Proverbs 22:24-25 states: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.”

Okay, so Solomon’s solution to anger was to isolate an angry person rather than to study the situation and improve the person’s mental health.

He forgot all about poor Moses, didn’t he?

Here’s an idea.  Ever heard of DEPAKOTE?  That keeps people from killing Egyptian slave drivers during any particular moment in which there is a life altering lapse in judgment.
You know, like what Moses did.

Na!  It’s much easier to believe that this is all a matter of self-control and that people should simply be punished for losing their tempers.  Stupid and lazy people impose the death sentence on angry people, but intelligent people study the issue in depth and educate themselves so that they can help that guy on the blue ’78 Harley XL before he slits another throat  with his trusty switchblade.

The prefrontal cortex deals with cognitive, social, motivational and emotional behaviors (source: Neurosci Bull April 1, 2015, 31(2): 198–206. , so it makes sense for someone to learn about this before they waste their time “doing their ‘civic duty’ by participating in jury duty.”

It seems that this should have been investigated before Proverbs was written-I mean, it’s not like people lacked the opportunity to do so.  I’m sure that people in ancient Israel witnessed many incidents of head trauma.  Furthermore, I have no doubt that these very people noticed behavioral changes in those who suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Travel to the year 1848 and meet Phineas Gage, who had a railroad spike run straight through his brain, the spike landing 11 feet behind him. Once a gentleman, he became a foul mouthed, raging alcoholic who could no longer maintain employment.

It was said that: “He was no longer Gage,” yet we read in ancient texts that this is all a matter of self-control.

It doesn’t feel that way when this columnist follows directions multiple times and ends up with a different result than everyone else.

There should be no screaming, no cursing, and no pounding on the desk-at least from the rational point of view.  However, the frustration shoots so quickly through the brain of this columnist that a blizzard of expletives shoot into the air and a rainstorm of fists pound the desk.

There’s someone in your office who does that.  There’s usually at least one or two people.
Should these people be fired?  Absolutely not!  Should they go to anger management?  Let’s hold off on that for a little while.  It might be a good idea to find out what may have happened to that person’s brain before insulting suggestions are made-and believe me, to suggest anger management might actually make the situation worse because that person probably already knows they have a problem with their temper.  That person has probably worked on their temper for years.

Look further back into the Bible, because it seems that Solomon condemns Moses.  I mean, he’s the one who killed an Egyptian slave driver!

11 Now it came about in those days, when Moses had grown up, that he went out to his brethren and looked on their hard labors; and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12So he looked this way and that, and when he saw there was no one around, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. -Exodus 2:11-12

So, not only did Moses commit manslaughter in a fit of rage, he also hid the evidence of the crime-yet, Solomon’s writings tell us not to befriend angry people.

That’s not the only time Moses lost his temper, either.  Remember what he did when he saw the people worshiping the Golden Calf when he returned from Mt. Sinai?  He broke the tabletsonce more, in a fit of rage!

Lastly, we see Moses lose his temper again in Numbers 20!

So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”


There are two sides to that scenario.

On one side of the river, Moses had to do something, because the people were dying of thirst.  However, on the other side of the same river, his temper had caused him problems in the past.

It was not right for God to punish Moses by denying him entry into the Promised Land based on that particular incident.  Conversely, if the reader considers the other incidents which happened prior to that one, it might make a little sense.  However, look at this from a scientific perspective and it is clear that Moses obviously had difficulty with his frontal lobes.  Hence, was it right to punish him by preventing him from entering Canaan?

It seems to me that Solomon should have thought twice before he wrote that passage, as Moses obviously needed Depakote.  Too bad there was no Sav-on drugstore in Biblical times.

In closing, it is better to be curious about one’s temper than to isolate him for it-because you just lit a match in so doing….and that line going down the hall isn’t black pepper.

Hit the dirt.


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