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Emotion: Intellect’s Retarded Little Brother

February 10, 2006

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. ~Mark Twain

The emotions aren’t always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action. ~William James

You are, of course, a robot. Don’t bother denying it. If you weren’t, you would have complete control of your entire body at all times, both physical aspects and mental. But, you do not. You are governed to varying degrees by a strange group we call ‘Emotions’.

These emotions sit inside your skull watching everything you do and edit the information before processing it through your brain. No information reaches you unaltered.

For this reason all intelligence you receive from the outside world is skewed in some direction away from what we often refer to as ‘objective truth’. The old adage ‘garbage in, garbage out’ is especially relevant in this situation, and because of this skewed view we always react to situations in a slightly off-kilter manner; some more inaccurately than others, but none are immune.

“Is there any hope of eradicating this disease and becoming like Vulcans?” I hear you ask. Probably not. In fact, I don’t think I would want to live in a world completely devoid of emotions. Complete lack of emotion is just as dangerous as being completely controlled by emotion.

“So what can we do?” I hear you ask. Become aware of your emotions. Observe your emotions and how they manipulate you. Go out and get in an argument. Get into a fist fight. See how you react when a fist comes into contact with your jaw. Were you able to think clearly afterwards?

The more you observe your emotions and become familiar with them the easier it will be to identify them in a hostile situation. Once you are keenly aware of your emotions it is much easier to observe them with something close to objectivity. Once you can observe the emotions with something close to objectivity it will be much harder for them to completely take over your mind and become blinded by them.