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Emotions and Suffering Options
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 1:06:11 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
If we did not have any emotion, we would not suffer from love or hate for someone.

Is the part in boldface correct?


In reading this, I was struck by the idea of emotions causing suffering, and the idea of why love and hate cause suffering.

Tied into this was the Quote of the day:

Daemon wrote:
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Implicit in the exhortation is the idea that it is emotions that cause us to suffer, but is that true? It seems to me that it is not emotions that cause suffering, it is our perception to circumstances that trigger a reaction which we call an emotion. So it is perception, not emotion, that must be controlled. Such control must be exerted by the will and our power to choose.

But in judging circumstances, we must first place a value on them relative to ourself. In other words, do we place a positive or negative value on what we are perceiving, and do we accept that value as applying to, or affecting, ourself?

If we do accept that value as applying to, or affecting, ourself, then we will react to it. But if we do not accept that value, we may simply dismiss it, or laugh at it, or ignore it as unworthy of notice.

So the process appears to be this:
1. We find ourselves in a set of conditions, or circumstances.

2. We have a perception of those circumstances relative to our well-being, either positive or negative.

3. If our perception is positive in regard to ourself, we express a positive reaction, and call it a positive emotion such as happiness, peace, joy, love, camaraderie, etc.

4. If our perception is negative in regard to ourself, we express a negative reaction, and call it a negative emotion, such as anger, hate, jealousy, envy, etc.

So, pausing for a moment to examine your perceptions may lead you to a different way of looking at the circumstances, which may lead to a different way of reacting — to a different "emotional" reaction, and a more peaceful state of mind.

Something to think about.
vipin viswanathan
Posted: Friday, November 29, 2019 9:37:39 AM

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Humans have emotions. When we replace love towards a person with love towards something else, our emotions goes along with what we love.
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