Tantrumical? Tuloy ang ikot ng mundo

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    ‘The countenance may be distressed and dissatisfied but not necessarily a tantrum; it may even be righteous indignation…’

    I DON’T know. I guess we can only take this a day at a time and see what happens. It appears we don’t have much choice.” — Frank [Ginger Simpson. Time Tantrums. Alberta: Books We Love Ltd., 2012]

    What do you do when a big baby babbles with a hissy fit? “When your child has a temper tantrum, it is important that you stay calm…You can also try gentle distraction, switching to activities your child enjoys or making a funny face…Temper tantrums are an attention-seeking behavior. One strategy to minimize the length and severity of the tantrum is to ignore the behavior…Then, calmly discuss the issue and offer alternatives without giving in to your child’s demand… Do not battle over unimportant things.” [https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001922.htm]

    Do you see such narcissistic rages in history? “Hitler passed gas, pigged out, threw temper tantrums and had a host of other nervous and nasty habits at the dinner table. The revelations come from a German officer who spent a lot of time with Hitler near the end of the war. His details of day-to-day life inside the bunker with Hitler were tucked away for more than 60 years in a top-secret document that experts say likely belonged a British intelligence agent.” [https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/hitlers-shocking-table-manners/1894576/]

    (1) Mao. “His private address to the Soviet party central committee, in addition to showing poor organization and the defective sense of reality previously mentioned, was enlivened, according to one source, by a temper tantrum; his last-known speech, in August 1959, seems to have been at least in part a foolish performance.” [https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/polo-06.pdf]

    (2) “Rosmah is on trial for soliciting RM187.5 million from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd to secure a solar hybrid energy contract worth RM1.25 billion.” [https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/world/rosmah-throws-a-tantrum-refuses-to-leave-court-and-finally-gets-her-way/ar-BBZWACb]

    (3) “China must learn from other countries that there are acceptable norms of behavior when dealing with other nations,” Conservative foreign affairs critic Tony Clement said in an interview with CBC News. [https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chinese-foreign-minister-tantrum-reaction-1.3613086]

    (4) “Jimmy Carter’s infamous ‘malaise’ speech in 1979 was inspirational by comparison.” [https://nypost.com/2016/06/15/obamas-tantrum-a-striking-display-of-failed-leadership/]

    (5) “Zhang, whose father is an investor, has been staying in the country for six years on a special resident retiree’s visa. The immigration bureau’s lawyers, however, ‘have found probable cause’ to deport her, the bureau said in a statement.” [https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chinese-student-in-pudding-throwing-tantrum-really-really-sorry-but-still-faces]

    (6) “We live in the age of the sanctified tantrum—the political and religious furies we dare not name or shame, much less confront.” [https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-islamist-tantrum-1447720016]

    (7) “Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. – For the first time in its 20-year history, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit ended in disarray Sunday when the 21 member countries could not reach consensus on a joint statement because of objections by one member — China. When the summit failed, to the disgust of the other diplomats, Chinese officials broke out in applause.” [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2018/11/20/inside-chinas-tantrum-diplomacy-at-apec/]

    (8) “Pearl Harbor star Ben Affleck insulted British fans (and non-fans for that matter) during an interview with Channel 4’s Big Breakfast show. While attending the film’s glitzy May 2001 premier in Hawaii, Affleck said he thought the US should steer clear of the Monarchy because he didn’t want ‘alcoholic 90-year-olds running the country’.” [Lisa Brandt. Celebrity Tantrums. Toronto: ECW Press, 2003, p. 187]

    (9) “Let us now come to the arguments advanced by counsel for the accused in an effort to mitigate his liability. These arguments in a nutshell may be boiled down into three, to wit…That running amuck, or becoming a ‘juramentado’ is a cult among the Moros that forms part of their religion. It is age-old and deeply rooted in their psychology… Regarding the contention that running amuck is a cult among the Moros that is age-old and deeply rooted and should be distinguished from murders where the murderer is not resigned to expiate his offense by being killed unlike the amuck, the claim is likewise un-meritorious. Our penal laws enumerate the circumstances which mitigate criminal liability, and the condition of running amuck is not one of them. In so far as they are applicable they must be applied alike to all criminals be they Christians, Moros or Pagans.” [G.R. No. L-11601, June 30, 1959; https://lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1959/jun1959/gr_l-11601_1959.html]
    The countenance may be distressed and dissatisfied but not necessarily a tantrum; it may even be righteous indignation: “I must have made for quite a terrifying sight: my eyeballs were out on stalks, my veins pulsating like I was about to explode. As for his eyes, they were filling up. I thought about all the corporate entertaining he’d done, all the bigwigs he’d brought in, all the money-men I’d impressed on his behalf with my cooking and my profits. It’s time for you to learn a few lessons, I thought. The hard way.” [Gordon Ramsay. Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection. London: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2006, p. 165]

    “And in our cries out to the cosmos, our exasperation with imperfection, our theodicies, betrayed ideals: to keep that rocky core of rage within one’s rage with which to blame, confront, accuse, bewail all that needs retaliation for our absurdly thwarted wants.” — C.K. Williams