Emotions, and a few key facts.  

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2/23/2006 11:39 pm

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Emotions, and a few key facts.

Here are some realizations I've come to, of late. Nothing new, as sages, mystics, and wise people have known these things for centuries - but they are lessons I've been learning, and needed to put down to reinforce the knowledge. Perhaps even to clarify by ordering visually.

Emotions are very powerful things given us. They can be beneficial, or harmful. They can be tools either for us, or against us - for our strength, or our destruction.

It really depends on how you use them, or if you allow them to use you.

1) ALL emotions can be useful, whether positive or negative.
2) ALL emotions can be harmful, whether positive or negative.
3) ALL emotions demand their price in the end, but you aren't always the one to pay that price.
4) All emotions bring lessons that we should all learn.
5) They all require knowledge and understanding to use properly.

Example: Negative emotions being useful.
Anger - we all become angry, and that emotion tends to give us a surge of energy, both mental and physical. If used correctly, it can focus the mind, and direct the body. That energy can be channeled and directed to accomplish difficult tasks - tasks that we would ordinarily find nearly impossible, even.

Hate - Probably the most harmful and destructive of all the emotions, however it too, can be used in a positive way. Channel that hate through understanding and wisdom - understand it. Hate not the person, but their actions. Hate those things that are considered to be 'evil' or 'wrong', and it gives you a strength to resist them, to fight them.

Fear - The most primal and basic of our emotions. If used correctly, it can give immense strength and focus of mind, and allow us to accomplish things that ARE impossible, normally. Lifting of impossibly heavy objects, focus mentally to a degree that we can reason faster than normally possible.

I don't think there is any need to detail examples of positive emotions being useful.

Now, for the harmful:

Hate - it is all to easily felt, and used WRONGLY. Hate of things we fear out of ignorance, and then driving us to act out our ignorance. Racism is a clear term of this. Hate of things or people who have hurt us, and we lash out at them. SO many things can be said having been done in hate, all are clearly destructive to all. The greatest harm is to ourselves, by limiting our knowledge and understanding, and all too often, destroying a thing that would have benefited us greatly.

Love - Love can drive people to great lengths, to passions beyond reason, to actions beyond rationality. Wars have been fought for love. Countless lives spent wastefully in things that mattered only to one.

Anger - Anger leads to impatience, and action without thought. Actions we all too often greatly regret after the anger has passed.

Patience - overabundence of patience, or patience in a thing that should not be ignored or tolerated. Patience in a person doing a wrong thing, in the hope that love, patience, and understanding will lead them to do the right things, but only finding grief in the end as we realize that the patience only allowed the bad habits to strengthen.

Fear - allowing it to overcome you and paralyze you, cripple you by inaction. Inaction leading to a catastrophic end, generally.

Bravery - misplaced bravery leading to a charge into something that should have been retreated from. It is just as brave to admit you're wrong as to commit to an action where you are overmatched.

All emotions demand their price in the end.
Negative emotions used wrongly pay their price over a time, but that price tends to be VERY high.
Negative emotions used rightly tend to extract their price immediately, leaving the person drained from all the surge of energy they just tapped into. But, that price tends to be VERY minor in comparison to what would have happend it used wrongly.

Postive emotions used rightly tend to have their prices paid by others. Love given has the price of trust. If the love is misplaced, the giver pays the price in pain and suffering of love and trust betrayed. If placed rightly, then the recipient pays - although that price is usually considered worth it. I love you, you pay with something in return - a return of the trust placed in you, and with your return of love (and asking that I be trustworthy of YOUR love).

The last two points are fairly self-explanatory, I think.

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