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Is it possible to be completely free of emotional response?
If we cannot control our emotions, is it possible to control the response? Can we train ourselves to be quick enough to spot the oncoming emotional response? Buddhist monks claim that is part of gaining enlightenment, however, I am sure when the Dalai Lama stubs his toe he may smile, albeit, in his mind he is most likely dropping an F bomb. So, can we control the response? Can we essentially be free from emotional actions?
I am sure that it can be done, but should it be done. I am not fond of passive aggresives because they do control their emotion, but turn it into a future action that is done behind people's backs.
I would rather have an honest and even emotional feedback from someone than getting blindsided by them at a later time of their choosing.
These monks you mention have a code of honor, that is lacking in passive aggressives and other people.
When emotions escalate to physical actions that goes too far. So my answer is moderation of emotions is much better than just not showing emotions.
Rage is one of those out of bounds emotions. Because at that time, the emotions over power intelligence and logic.
That's a good point. All the same, would we be here as a species without rage? The ability to gather the needed energy to defend one's self against predator or enemy? If we had begun as reliant on intellect and logic alone, well, Brain Food.
Humans have at least two primary levels. One level is primitive and it contains the emotions, and flight or fight response. The other level is the human level where intelligence above survival exists, or should exist.
I agree. Primal is, well, primal. Albeit, it still comes in handy from time to time, does it not? The bad feeling one may have before walking down a dark alley, or when you decided against flying and the plane crashes. We can't be rid of that, right?
Yes, but the problem of having it in modern times is that we are burning out our hormones. Modern stress unconsciously turns it on, and we don't know when we outran the predator. So, we are in a perpetual state of flight or fight, cn turn it off
I can see that. There in lies the problem. Until we can grasp the roots of primal mentality how are we to ever advance? Intelligence cannot over come it, prolong it maybe, nevertheless it rears its venomous head and leaves destruction in its wake.
I believe we have an accord on this.
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