An Argument for Emotions

In my mind, and in my personal experience there are two distinct fundamental ideas when it comes to feeling emotions, and then a spectrum made from variations of the two. The first of the two distinct ideas is that emotions are inherently bad, because they hurt the person feeling them, and the people close to this person. The other idea is that emotions are good, because when we share them with others, and we share in the emotions of others, we feel the most alive we ever will. Personally, I agree with the latter.

Emotions are meant to be shared, not bottled up, and hidden behind a mask. We live life to know the purpose of ourselves. We live life to share ourselves with everyone we can. Or, at least, that’s what I think.

It’s hard to make a case for feeling emotions, because they can suck. No matter how high the highs, the lows are always devastating. But does our communal sharing of the bad times not help cure them? And if we share communally in the good times, it seems we often breed only more good times. To me, an openness to emotion of others, and of ourselves must be rooted in love. If we can do that, then we can feel the pain of others, but also help them feel better. If we root all of our actions in love, then we end up also spending less energy on a higher amount of happiness for a greater number of people, which is simply beautiful.

But not all emotional experience is a call to such extremes. Just a thought…

Anyways, here’s one of my favorite songs, reminded to me of being just that by my friend Erik.

Okay, peace!…

 

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