a reply to: rockintitz
You pose an interesting question.
And, I feel the need to preface my answer with two personal facts.
First, I am a software engineer (read that as old school computer programmer).
Second, I am a rather emotional person. I have always been told that I am a live wire. That I wear my heart on my sleeve. And yes, even at 46 yrs
of age, my emotions do get out of hand at times.
I see humans as being humans because of our ability to empathize. This is because of our emotions. When you see someone in pain, you almost
immediately put yourself mentally in their shoes. You feel the pain, to a limited degree, that they are feeling. This hopefully invokes compassion
and understanding from the one observing the other in pain.
There are times where, as previously stated, one must put their feelings aside. One must look at things rationally. Logically. I do not like
everything I see. There are plenty of things I've seen in life that brought about sincere and profound emotional responses within me.
But, as an adult, I put them aside. At least, when the situation calls for it, I do my damnedest to do so.
The ability to choose between acting on emotion (or instinct, for that matter) and acting on rational logic is what makes us human IMHO.
So, all of this being said....to answer your question about emotions being relevant and taking precedence over logic...
I believe that there is no emotion that should not be felt. That should not be processed in a mature manner.
There is no bad emotion.
Only bad choices in how one decides to react to their emotions.
It is part of the human condition that we must make these choices. It is also what makes us human.