posted on Oct, 7 2009 @ 11:45 PM
Whether to have emotions or not isn't a matter of choice. Human beings have emotions.
It's not whether to have them that matters, but what we do with them. If we suppress them, we tend to develop psychological illness (and often
physical ones as well). If we express them without control, we destroy relationships or cause endless trouble for ourselves. As we grow, we learn to
express our emotions in non-destructive ways.
I suspect that without emotions, we'd quickly fail at surviving in the world. We wouldn't have the drive to seek food and other necessities; we
wouldn't have fear to motivate us to escape and avoid dangers.
I don't know that we need to feel hate in order to know love. Actually, I've heard it said that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.
I suspect that is true. Love and hate seem to be two sides of an intense emotional connection with someone. Indifference or apathy would be its
Anger, grief, fear, are all part of life, but we don't have to be slaves to these emotions. It is possible to feel anger without becoming violent;
to be afraid without running; to grieve while yet continuing to carry on. I think that's one of the things that sets humans apart from other
animals. We have (or we *can* have) some control over what we do with the emotions that flood us. We can choose to take a different course than
where the emotions seem to drive us. We can rise above our emotions, or turn them to good use. For example, if we are angry at some injustice,
instead of beating someone up, we can turn that anger into energy used to correct the problem. That sort of thing.
I think emotion is what drives us to action; but we can choose what actions to take.