Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored. They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place. ~ American author Judith Wright
Judith Wright’s sentiment posits the Collective conclusion about the value of emotions and attachment to self-identification. Such conviction is a surefire formula for averting enlightenment.
From an evolutionary perspective, emotionally charged events provoke remembrance. This is a basic survival instinct, especially remembering hazards.
Memory is good only for remembering the potentials of risks and rewards. Sentiment is for saps.
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Desire relates to objects and feeling to states. Feeling and desiring are changeable conditions of concepts. ~ Johann Friedrich Herbart
The mind seeks stimulation. Emotions are the addictive drug of the mind.
Emotional complexes are built from and sustained by addiction to emotive patterns which a person savors. These complexes are strongest when alloyed.
Mixed emotions provoke fascination, which is especially mentally stimulating. This makes mixed emotions particularly powerful. In contrast, modest emotions engage the mind for such short duration that nattermind demands greater amplitude, or some admixture.
Any emotions may be satisfying in the moment. Though negative emotions extraordinarily invigorate, especially anger and hate, they leave a bitter mental aftertaste. Nonetheless, negative emotions are just addictive as the positive ones among the Collective.
What worries you, masters you. ~ English philosopher John Locke
Besides their addictive nature, emotions – especially negative ones – drive desires. Emotions fog rationality and dull awareness.
When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master. ~ Baruch Spinoza
Emotions are adored by nattermind, as they provide a compelling diversion. Hence, indulging emotions is strongly contraindicated for quietude.
It is desires and fears that make the mind restless. Free from all negative emotions the mind is quiet. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
By entwining the physiological with the psychological, emotions act to glue consciousness to the mind-body. Emotions dissolve dissociation, and so engender acceptance of matterism and naïve realism.
The most striking, and, next to madness, the saddest spectacle in psychology is furnished by the passions. ~ Johann Friedrich Herbart