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It is no longer something we are individually powerless against
Originally posted by tridentblue
reply to post by Bluesma
The power of mystery will not regress. There is nothing more misguided that attempts to introduce more mystery into things than is necessary, to preserve mystery. Human beings, even with the peak of our science and knowledge, and fundamentally clueless in the big picture. Better to be as clear as possible, and let mystery arise - as it inevitably will - naturally.
I disagree with your ideas about love and happiness, but then, as I realized in the thread on that subject, I think I may be used to using those words in a different way for a long time now and forgot that it is not common.
I have long used the word "emotion" to refer to physiological states and changes in the body, in response to exterior stimuli. So I can have emotions happening and not know it- it can only be recognized through a blood test or technology used for testing such things. Much like the EM spectrum- there is a level of emotion which we can percieve (and individuals may vary slightly in how much that is) and there is other levels that we may not percieve directly, but can recognize indirectly, by the effects they have.
So to me, emotions are very concrete and real, verifiable phenomenon. Love and happiness are productions of specific hormones, and that can be conditioned to be associated with specific cues or objects/entities.
On this topic, when speaking of emotions that one could choose to try to keep an aura of mystery (as in" love is a magical unknown powerful force") This allows the knowledge of what love REALLY is to be a "secret knowledge" that can be used to "train" those kept in ignorance!