reply to post by oozyism
I remember when I first sat in front of a computer, a ZX spectrum back in the mid eighties. The very first thing I typed was ‘Do you love?’ I knew
nothing about computers at the time other than what I could see from science fiction movies and series like Blake seven so I had seriously anticipated
a reasoned response (the innocence of childhood lol). I had seen the film “war games” where a supercomputer asked a boy if he would prefer to play
chess rather than play the game of thermonuclear war. The teen on the other ZX spectrum had typed ‘LAUNCH MISSILES’ (obviously he had seen the
I think that emotions can be a double edged sword. If we control our emotions long term we become stagnant and tend to find that we have withdrawn
from society and yet if we give full vent to emotions we can end up in hospital or worse, in prison and I have ended up in both as it happens thanks
to allowing my emotions to control my actions. Anger and rage and hate, love compassion and empathy. Those are the things that to my mind are a double
edged sword and if the correct balances between the two sides of the coin so to speak are not held within check then we have nothing but turmoil of
thought. Perhaps that is the true nature and a real curse for those with bi polar disorder.
It is a sad thing that emotion must be kept in kept in check either by discipline, peer pressure or sadly in many cases via the implementation of
medication. I say a sad thing because I suspect that the higher emotions like love and compassion are the emotions that may be the key to furthering
our species to the point where we may achieve some sort of consciousness shift or evolution of mind. One thing I am more certain of is the more base
emotions that have our species engaged in warfare and violent crime are the emotions of degeneration and left unchecked could end with an enraged or
unenlightened finger pressing the button of some sort of WMD.
It could be said and quite accurately that positive emotion within a certain context is a boon but it is moreover also curse because a person filled
with “good vibrations” so to speak can become vulnerable to being manipulated by those who are damaged by the past, have little regard for
compassion or are from a social environment where the higher emotions are seen as weakness, and thus are sometimes compelled to serve their more base
Such a paradox the chemical reaction called emotion but as to living without it?
Without emotion I find it difficult to see how we could see the beauty in anything and for me I envision a world without emotion to be an utterly
material world, a place of objects where the most important thing would be what can make one’s life easier so that energy is not wasted pointlessly
in achieving what it is one needs. There would be no want without emotion because what one wants is rarely what one needs. I go with the premise that
need comes from a feeling that the thing one wants will make one feel better but this only works for a short time and this transitory chase called
retail therapy for instance is where we are letting ourselves down?
Even finding love and being engaged in the oneness that is being with a soul mate would be totally subverted to being a simple impulse to find a
suitable mate rather than a lover based on what is buried within a person’s character. What is what is buried within their genes? I.e. what can you
offer my progeny, my genetic line?
We love for many reasons too numerous to write here but the main reason I think is because we find something within a person we connect to on an
emotional level that is akin to something spiritual and is an all encompassing thing that fills us up and floods us with endorphins, thus making the
world a magical place of great promise. Without emotion would we become relegated to a more sexually promiscuous life where we would be forever
hunting for the perfect mate in the physically/genetic sense and never in the – emotional/spiritual?
Without love I doubt there would be an appreciation of the arts. Without anger and hate there would be no wars except those wars which are based
purely on resources or a threat like one species of ant perceives another species of ant to be a threat and thus wages war for that reason.
If we were to become a true space faring race and reached for the stars without emotion we would be reaching for the stars with a mindset based solely
on exploration and expansion for resources, destroying other races we might come across if we have dispassionately assessed that they may need or want
the same resources we “need”. Thus I hope we keep but evolve our emotions and not become akin to an insect race of hive minded and soulless
creatures that fail to see the real value of the universe around us.
I do not think we are robots but we are wondrous biological machines that are capable of such deep thought and emotions but within our minds we are
maintaining a balance between rational thought and a dichotomy of intense emotion. We have a vast distance to go where our minds are concerned but I
sincerely believe that the destination is worth it. Sadly I doubt I will see it in my lifetime but I live in hope.