SamBee wrote: ↑13 Sep 2018, 03:04I suppose it would depend who you were and what your background was. Many people are still affected by Stalin today - lost their homelands or moved across a continent. I know a woman whose entire village was uprooted to Siberia from near the Black Sea because they were the wrong ethnic group.Roy wrote: ↑12 Sep 2018, 14:32I think that proves my point. I am not angry at Stalin. I barely think about him at all. When I do I most often think about him in the context as a ally in WW2. Even if I remember his atrocities, I do not think that it makes me angry. What can make me personally angry at any historical figure ... long since dead?
We may be using angry differently. I am using it as an emotional response of rage. I am not angry at the boston massacre or the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. What about JS brings him out of the relatively detached history books and makes him into a personal affront?
To head this one off at the pass, I'm not comparing JS to Stalin. There are several orders of magnitude of wrong between them.
If we attended a church that praised Stalin and presented a whitewashed caricature for us to consume we might get angry when we discover unflattering details and we might get angry when our tribe that forms a large part of our identities smacks our knuckles with a ruler when we replace some of the praise for Stalin with what we feel is deserved criticism.
Stalin isn't a part of our identities. We don't spend hours per week talking or even thinking about Stalin. We don't have people we view as leaders of our spiritual journeys and leaders that guide our families telling us to give Stalin a break.
There are internal and external factors.
Internally, emotions come from attachments. The greater the attachment, the greater the emotion. Stalin? No attachment, no emotion. Joseph Smith? Historically we've made him the linchpin of the church. People sacrificed a lot for his vision, there's an attachment. There's skin in the game.
Externally, our sense of belonging to a community can be greatly affected by how much we continue to revere someone that perhaps we'd rather not revere. Say you'd like to move on, stop singing Praise to the Man, shift your focus to Christ. The congregation will still sing Praise to the Man and family members may place conditions on their relationship with you over how much you revere something you'd like to move away from.
I'd also like to piggyback on something Own On Now said.
I feel like anger can be an important step towards healing but I also feel like we should be tourists in angerland. It's probably not a good idea to buy blueprints and start laying a foundation there.
I also find myself wondering just how much control we have over how much time we spend in angerland. Do we will ourselves away from it or only move on once we're ready to move on?