We have survived as long as we have not for our normal humans. They tend to function sort of like deer caught in headlights. They just stand confused or just keep doing what they are doing. We have survived because some of our kind had natural traits so strong they couldn’t conform to our unnatural ideas and prejudices.
You probably have heard that you should ignore your feelings in favour of what you “know”. People think they know things somehow outside of the real of bodily and emotional limitations. If this were even possible, I would doubt its wisdom.
We are alive here and living a life that arose over time. The state of being they call “human” wasn’t created by humans, though it may be destroyed by humans, and a big part of why that is possible is this attitude people have about feelings.
If I were to declare to someone that they “hurt my feelings”, they would very likely sneer and scoff. But everything from our economy to our politics, as well as our religion and art, even what frontiers of science get explored, are based on feelings. We decide to do anything because we “feel” like it. In the case of the hard core rationalistic view that is all the craze these days, they will go in circles arguing the relativity of any point and trying to substantiate the merits of decision making based on some abstract body of knowledge or specious code of ethics, and yet in the end, they will still do whatever they felt like doing.
If, for some bizarre reason, I wanted to make you my enemy, no amount of abstract argument would turn you against me. I could debate economic theory all day with you, and if you don’t have strong feelings about this, at most you will be annoyed and most likely would just ignore my comments. If we were strictly rational creatures, it would not be possible to become annoyed, or hungry, or to be sexually attracted to anyone, or inspired to make sweeping social changes, or the next great work of art. What would our world be like without feelings?
Boring. Not as much fun. Worse than boring, but yes, it would be very dreary. It wouldn’t be possible to survive. The basic actions our ancestors took to prolong their life into another day have no rational basis for motivation.
Stagnation leading to death? Yes, exactly.
Cerebration can do anything. It’s a very broad framework, and the most utterly insane people have had fully realized patterns of thought about their derangement. Hitler believed his genocide agenda was morally right. Dahmer believed eating his boyfriends was the only way to preserve their love forever. In the case of Hitler, he even convinced others of the correctness of his views. Regrettably, people are easily persuaded in this day and age, but this isn’t our natural state.
We live in an era of fear and many insane agendas have been approved of, both economic and political, because they were able to scare the masses. Make them fear for their survival, and the rational mind can paint a picture of countless fearful things. It’s quite easy.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.