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Would You Define Our Age as More Emotional Or More Intellectual?

Updated on June 20, 2012

How many would agree or disagree that the root of the collective divide between the political parties is more emotional than political. Capitalism has its roots in individualism and the Christian-Judeo ethic that rests on the premise that the individual pursuit of happiness translates to a collective pursuit of happiness, rather than “collective” happiness translates to individual happiness. This precept is borne out of historical truths and forms the foundation of Western Civilization, in the aspects of the unconscious studied by Carl Jung, Adler, Maslow and Freud; and it is the foundation that forms the basis of philosophical thought between Artisotle v. Plato, and political theory forming the backdrop of socialism and communism versus capitalism. However, the arguments posed by Aristotle and Plato concerned the premise upon which the political systems take form, and whether it is “rationality” versus “spiritual” dogma that truly shapes a healthy society as a whole. Much of the foundation of thought was based on “morality” and its origins.

On a more microcosmic level, when one contemplates the deeper question of morality, one must ask themselves what is the difference between what is "just" or "moral"? George Will wrote a wonderful piece on this subject not too long ago. It was based on the premise that “morality” comes from what is “just.” When viewing what is moral, universally we can all accept that when persons do not have regard for the individual or life itself, even in his lonesome heart, this is not “just,” and, therefore, not “moral,” and as we see a lot of today “immoral.”

These arguments persist today and this duality formed the basis of much of Carl Jung’s theory on “extroverted” versus “introverted” personality types, and the gifts and burdens of each and the problem of evil in the individual.

I have studied these a long time, and my hubs are about those views of history applied to what we are seeing today.

So I wish to pose the question: Based on what is already known, do you agree that we are living in more of an emotional, rather than intellectual age?


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