Everything distills down to feelings.
Thoughts are based on feelings. Acquisition of things are connected to feelings. All experiences are illustrated by feelings in one fashion or another.
There are aspects of our social tapestry that insist on relying on fact to take any direction on its intentions. The scientific community considers fact as a necessity to substantiate any idea within that realm. The legal community makes decisions based on a preponderance of evidence. However, with all these facts being employed to support ideas and win arguments, feelings will always trump facts. Facts become irrelevant in the face of feelings. Facts in and of themselves launch no ships, assemble no teams, inspire no accolades.
In our left-brained society of reason and logic, we still burn witches constructed of emotions and feelings. We relegate emotions to the penitentiary of psychiatric offices and clinics, until they are bound and restrained into submission by the straightjacket of deductive reasoning and rational thought. To seemingly base a decision on the misguided and frantically unfocused flailing of emotions is considered foolhardy at best by the starchiest shirt and pants pressed to impress.
Rational thought has all too often invited aspirations and ambitions into its lair of safe restraint, only to dampen its flame into barely perceptible embers. Factual analysis leaves no room for breaking records, for reaching beyond what is possible, for excelling beyond parameters that are designed to help people eschew the decision that can potentially lead to failure. At one time it was a fact that we could not reach the moon. All evidence indicated we could not fly. It was an impossibility at a point in our perspective, based on fact, that a person could not carry on a real conversation with another person on the other side of the planet.
We can thank emotions for the dismissal of all these self-created limitations. All things tangible are born of the intangibility of emotions. That new car is bought and owned to satisfy the emotions of experiencing newness, improvement, increased comfort. The research that unveils the composition of Venus’ atmosphere is propelled by the insatiable curiosity of astronomers. The guilty verdict cast unto a defendant is based on evidence that the accused broke a law. That law was created to protect the happiness, comfort, and security of the members of a society. From my understanding, those three things are undefinable without their foundation in emotions, in feelings.
This all comes to surface for me as I realize there is nothing beyond emotions for myself or for any of us. I could recite thousands of facts to substantiate a choice I made, but if that choice led to a hurt feeling of another person, none of those facts hold value to the victim. Along those same lines I cannot examine any choice I make in my own life with any degree of honesty without considering the feelings that was motivating that decision.
Our emotions are the backbone to every move we make, every decision we choose. We can play the left-brained game of evaporating out all emotional considerations until we are left with the sediment of facts that remain in the bottom of the vessels in which our lives are contained. But we will only escape our own truths at this point, we will fail to see that the facts are born of the feelings. Until we are able to see this, we will be unable to see who we are, we will be blind to the whys of the choices we make. Without consideration of the furthest extent to which our feelings fuel our emotions, which is to the greatest extent, we will merely move and behave much like the myriad of machines we’ve created, simply operating from a flip of a switch with no other purpose than ones we were programmed with by others who have true emotional motivations.