Restless Minds Focuses on Anger

Is there an anger problem in America?

Yes, according to a 2019 NPR/IBM-sponsored poll. More than four out of five people polled said their fellow citizens are angrier than they were a generation ago. And 44% said they, themselves, are angrier.

The Restless Minds discussion group will explore this phenomenon when it meets Tuesday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sewing Room of Oakwood’s Arts & Crafts Center.

Restless Minds is an informal discussion group open to all with open and inquisitive minds. There are no dues or membership requirements; just show up and participate.

The discussion will range wide to find out what’s going on. Is social media the problem—where people are more likely to express anger than person-to-person? Does a growing sense of loneliness and isolation contribute?

We like to think of America as a friendly, inviting nation. But we are heavily armed and have the highest incarceration rate in the world. What gives?

Increasingly, articles talk about the end of the American Dream. Real wages for many in the Middle Class have stagnated for years, while housing, education, and medical costs surge. Is this economic pressure on the average family contributing to the anger epidemic?

Those questions and others will be explored at the April 14 meeting. For more information, contact Bill Gates or Bobbie Reed at 480-886-7410.