When I talk about the human mind, I often make the difference between the emotional brain and mental activity. I’m not sure whether there is such a thing as a pure emotion or a pure thought. Its obvious that hate is a mix of fear, love, anger and all the thinking that interconnects them.
What I see as pure emotions right now, are sadness and happiness. I would also like to add anger and being scared. But these last two, I’m already less sure about. There is also disgust, and what about euphoria? And are there more basic emotions. Is lust an emotion?
It’s quite difficult if you start to think about it. Lust and hunger should be seen as physical needs. They are not emotions. But if you take away the food from the dog, it will get angry. If you get more angry than the dog, it will get scared and run away. So being scared or angry are two emotions necessary to survive, but not directly connected to needs of the body. Likewise, disgust could be useful to keep us away from diseases.
A primary emotion to me, is an emotion without a mental aspect. We talked about shame, last week, where I said something like “It is about the fear of those secrets being revealed, It is about the fear of being seen … ” There is a mental aspect about shame. Mental conventions to be trespassed. Shame to me is not a primary emotion. Guilt, Jealousy, Hate, and many others are to be found for their greater part in the mental realm.
I’m also avoiding to classify fear as a primary emotion. Cause fear seems to be an all level experience. Scared being its emotional mask, and fear for being fired, a mental counterpart. Some mystics also describe something that could be called spiritual fear.
Love is also an all level experience. The word love doesn’t say it all. The experience is one of love-compassion. With love being a desire to make someone happy, and compassion the desire to stop somebody from suffering.
There is a physical side to love, an emotional side, a mental side, and a spiritual side.
So to me, neither love, nor compassion, nor fear are emotions.
Fear is creating a distance,
Love and Compassion will remove the distance.
Perhaps Love-Compassion is the only force in the universe, and fear the absence of it.
What do you think?
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