Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness by Chet Shupe wrote:Our emotional lives are so repressed that, as civilized beings, we entirely overlook the significance of our feelings. Feelings have no place in our way of life, which is dictated by our belief that life is a rational process. To us, feelings are not the source of order. They are, instead, the source of disorder, because feelings are the culprit whenever we fail to follow the rules!
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Sushan wrote: ↑March 16th, 2023, 12:27 am
As human beings, we often strive for rationality and logic in our lives, viewing emotions as an obstacle to achieving order and stability. However, the quote mentioned challenges this notion, suggesting that our emotional lives are repressed to the point where we overlook their significance entirely.
So, let's delve into this topic further. Can a life devoid of emotions be fulfilling, or is it the balance between our emotions and our rationality that leads to a fulfilling life? Are our emotions a source of disorder, or do they serve a purpose in guiding us towards what is important to us? How can we find a balance between our emotions and our rationality?
This is an interesting and relevant choice of topic, I think. My first reaction is that we need to consider very carefully the exact
words we use to describe these things. For example, when you wrote "How can we find
a balance between our emotions and our rationality?", I wondered if it might be closer to the reality we experience to ask, "How can we discover
the balance between our emotions and our rationality?"?
To me, that balance already exists, it's just that we aren't really aware of it. I think this has to do with our hope — or need
? — that life is rational, predictable, consistent, and certain, despite the fact that our experience of real life points to the opposite conclusion. But maybe I'm getting several topics mixed up when I say that?
Our perceptions and understanding of life are a mixture of the contributions of emotion, and our more rational inclinations. And I think, and suggest, that that "mixture" is inextricable, and even that the two are indivisible
, for practical purposes, at least. If we (somehow) remove from ourselves either emotion or rationality, I suspect the result would be a dysfunctional or — more likely — non-functional
human being. I think both are necessary
As for the balance, I think it is there to be discovered, as it always has been. It was just lurking there, waiting for us to notice.
Perhaps this topic is the impetus we need to confront this consciously?