Equilibrium – the first thing we learn about emotion

by Captain Walker

Categories: Humanities, Psychology & Philosophy, CW

If you hate Sci-Fi and films that go deep, then move on swiftly to avoid causing yourself distress! You have been told.

The following scene is from the film Equilibrium.

Having grown up ‘on Spock’ in the early years of my life, I came to think that emotion was the enemy. But Star Trek changed its take on ’emotion’. Spock eventually recognised the value of emotion.

Then about  3 years ago, I began to understand more – that ’emotion’ is not the enemy. It is us who control and manage emotions.

Lack of control of emotion leads to chaos.

So why should we have emotions at all? I don’t know the full answer. What I can now see is that it has survival value for the human species.

Emotion can lead to insights where cold logic is blind – but equally lack of  control of  emotion can lead to chaos and delusion.

Some will of course blame their genes or upbringing for lack of emotional control/management. That’s a nice cop out for them. They are plonkers basically.

 


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