Some people think that emotions are worthless, they should be denied any privilege of existence within us. They get in the way of acting with logic and solving problems effectively. I say to those people that they are absolutely correct. Some people say that emotions are an important source of information, they let us know about our inner world. They tell us what we need and they give us information about the needs and wisdom of our bodies. They let us know when there is danger and when we need to protect ourselves. Unfortunately we can easily get caught up in seeing things from extremes. We may see things from the perspective of all or nothing, and, black or white. Can emotions get in our way and prevent us from acting logically, we know for a fact this can happen, we also know that emotions are an important source of information. Just as our mind itself can be a useful tool, it can also be extremely problematic. It depends on how we relate to it and how we use it that will determine its value. As my friend frequently says, "The mind is a wonderful tool, but a horrible master", Are thoughts useful? Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. They can be extremely valuable and they can be extremely problematic. Thoughts help us cure disease, take care of our planet, and develop amazing useful technology. They can also stop us from caring for ourselves and those around us. We can use them to be cruel to ourselves and others, and they can be a source of incredible destruction. It is the manner with which we relate to both thoughts and emotions which will determine if they can be of value to us, not the thoughts or emotions themselves. It would be like blaming the stove because the pot caught on fire. How we use the stove will determine its value. Like most things in life, a tool can be used for being productive or destructive. When it comes to our emotions, how can we learn to use them so they become an important usable source of information? How can they be a resource for us to have a more enriching meaningful life. Since we really can't get rid of them without side effects, we might as well learn to use them for our best interest.
Should We Trash Those Emotions or Do They Have Value?
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