Anger is a much abused emotion. It serves a good purpose when it alerts us to the possibility of danger so that we can mobilize our energy. Fight or flight. But long after it has served this purpose as a signal device for our survival, we hang onto it and allow it to consume us. We use it as a weapon to manipulate, bully and terrorize others while justifying our actions by painting ourselves as the victims. To put it simply: anger is bad news and most of us, to lesser and greater degrees, spend way too much time being judgmental and rageful. To put it even simpler: anger hurts. forgiveness heals.