The Rise Of Emotionality

Promethean wrote

Can you give examples of external affects as well as the increase in human activity?

Among other things, rather pathetic, isn’t it?. But then that’s what I reduce them too time and time again: The Retort. Often deemed by them to actually be…clever?

Really, imagine suggesting that a general description of “emotionalism” like the one above would be better served by bringing the argument out into the world and examining real emotions expressed by flesh and blood men and women, being dismissed as an “obsession”!!

Instead of whining Biggie, come up with a context that actually occurs.

I’ve said it in the past and was attacked.
But I’ll repeat.

Anxiety/Fear is the mother of all emotions, because consciousness is outwardly focused, before it becomes conscious of self and turns inward - therefore, the sense of anxiety towards the unknown otherness, is the first to emerge as a reaction.
What is emotion?
An automatic psychosomatic reaction that facilitates an efficient, and possibly effective, response to an external trigger - an external stimulation.
Essentially it facilitates the fight/flight survival mechanism.

All other emotions are variations of it, or emotions that evolve to deal with its automation.
For example, lust, and the more sophisticated love, are biochemical methods of dealing with anxiety/fear, to make heterosexual and social cooperative survival strategies possible and effective. Forms of self-induced intoxication - pathos - that placate anxiety and fear to permit the process of copulation and fertilization and to then bond parent with child, permitting the detrimental risks and costs to be offered as a sacrifice to the limitations of mortality.
A parent passes -on to his/her children, half of himself/herself, and tolerates the other half, due to the fluctuating uncertainties of existence - its dynamic interactivity called Flux. This does not require any cognitive awareness, because it is all genetically automatic. In fact, awareness may inhibit this process, and ignorance makes it more efficient, just like knowing the symbolism of dancing may diminish its elegant performance.

so there are two stages in the existence of an emotion. the first stage occurs when some part of the nervous system is set into motion by some cause; literally, some event, whether entirely external to the body (e.g., something in the room) or internal (one part of the body affecting another, e.g., the rise in heart rate or the excretion of sweat) has causal contact with some part of that nervous system and as such, sets it into motion and causes it to become active. at this fundamental level you could call this a ‘disturbance’, but don’t think of it in its usual terms; this doesn’t necessarily mean there is a conflict or opposition… only that the inertia of some part has been changed by the activity of another part, either external or internal. so essentially emotion in this first stage is what happens when stimulation occurs as a result of an exchange of chemical and/or physical forces. as a consequence of some particular chemical law, for instance, potassium particles become charged and then move along the axon… which then results in another series of actions resulting from their particular natural laws, etc.

the second stage occurs in becoming aware of the emotion, or the body set into motion. but this stage, this being aware, is never complete and only a partial awareness. what we do is attribute to some complex of causes the quality of being the sole proprietor of the effect, the experienced emotion, but can never account for the totality of causes that participate in producing that effect. so our knowledge here is always incomplete. for example, i take a caffeine pill and experience a rise in energy level. of course, the caffeine contributes, as a cause, to this rise in energy level, but it isn’t the only cause making this effect possible. same with emotions like fear, anger, happiness - as changes in the motion and activity of various parts of the nervous system; it isn’t only because your homeboy didn’t pay you back that you’ve become angry… or only because your boyfriend bought you flowers that you feel happy.

in addition to us being unable to know of all the causes responsible for a particular emotion, part of this uncertainty leads us necessarily to believe we have freewill (see the pigeon superstition clip in the ‘spinoza’s god’ video i posted in ecmandu’s ‘god is simple’ thread). in our immediate experience of what we call ‘willful volition’, we experience more forcefully than anything else our ‘choosing’, and so associate with this ‘decision’ the ruling causal event that forced the action to happen. as spinoza once said: we believe ourselves to have freewill because we are ignorant of the causes of our actions. instead what happens here is like the pigeon superstition effect. because the ‘thought’ always and without exception precedes the action, we learn to believe the thought causes the action, when in reality it did not. just as the pigeon believes his flapping his wings is what causes the food pellet to be released, we believe our ‘thinking to raise our arms’ is what causes our arms to raise.

another way to understand why this is so is to think about the evolution of simple-to-complex language using animals. we don’t say a paramecium has freewill, but we do say a human being does. but why? well because over vast periods of time we have developed language as another kind of behavior that incidentally, and in a rather peculiar way, operates in parallel to other behaviors. our nervous systems just happen to produce the mediating thought (in language) before the action that follows… and so we experience this phenomenologically as evidence of freewill. but the thought is already part of a system of complex causes that are operating irrespective of the final stages of thinking and acting. but because these are the only two stages we can be aware of, we isolate them and call them the final causes.

that bit about the ‘increase of human activity’ making more conflict possible and therefore increasing both the experience and composition of possible emotions essentially means; the complexity and sophistication present in our interactions with both the environment and other people increases the range of possible stimuli made available to act as causes. so for example, you’re no longer just a caveman who’s biggest concern is keeping the fire going in the rain. now, say, you’re a conservative mother of three who’s nervous about a job interview, is undecided about taking an experimental drug for a blood-sugar disorder you have, is suspicious of your husband cheating on you, needs to find a new groundskeeper to do the yard work, is considering becoming a vegetarian after watching a video on the horrors of slaughter farms, and any other comparatively complicated circumstances you find yourself in. so the novelty as well as the frequency of emotional experience is greatly increased, compared to the life you lived as a caveman.

in spinozea terms (deleuzean as well), there are more possible assemblies of causes and effects to be realized and put into motion, mapping the degree of activity both externally and internally.

The modern unable to empathize without sympathizing/antipathizing, imagines himself as the other - without his coping mechanism; without his crutch; without his lies and myths and superstitions.
He imagines himself miserable, afraid…and concludes that this is what the other feels like - he projects himself into the others circumstances and is immersed in a world without his pretences and self-deceits.

I already gave you one:

Or choose your own context. From your own personal experiences or from the news. Just make it one that most of us here are likely to be familiar with.

Note the sheer irony here. A thread created to address the rise of emotionalism and what does he give us? An intellectual contraption that encompasses human emotion thusly…

The closest he comes to a context is to speak in general about lust and love, parents and children.

Well, let him intertwine these general descriptions in a particular context in which actual conflicting value judgments precipitate conflicting behaviors that precipitate conflicting emotional reactions.

In other words, as I noted with Joker and/or Wendy:

My own example was the impeachment of Trump. Let him choose his own though.

And, because love, evolving from lust, is a strategy of tolerating and bonding, to allow for an efficient cooperative strategy to become successful, the emotion of ‘love’ becomes deified - felt as a connection to a greater whole, a past that was near-absolute - a return to the duality of the binary Yin/Yang state: chaos/order.

What inhibits this escape in other - i.e., the continuity of self and the memory that binds it - is deemed ‘evil’ or illusory. A hang-up to be overcome on the path towards uniform oneness.
Salvation lies in forgetting self, and returning to the faceless, distinct-less flux.

See what I mean? It’s like, philosophically, he is on automatic pilot or something.

Or, sure, maybe it’s a genetic defect.

All I can do is to ask others to read his point above. Then attempt to connect the dots between what you think he means and how that is applicable to the life that you live.

In other words, given your own interactions with others involving love and lust, does he make sense here? Cite an experience that you had which more or less illustrates his point.

As that relates to the rise of emotionality in this day and age.

If this is not a circus full of clowns, then what is?

Worse than his intellectual contraptions alas are his attempts to be clever.

Unless of course I’m wrong. :wink:

With no empirical foundations to justify its beliefs, the nihilist substitutes them with emotion, or sensation.
Always positive.
Always pleasing.

Hedonism. A reversion to the manimal state.

Gathering in safe-spaces - memetic barns - herbivores of many kinds, - each harmless to the other - gather in enclosures that protect them from the wilds, or the predators that lurk there.
Safe in the enclosure they regurgitate and feed on their respective vegetarian diets, and willingly surrender the product of their body to the farmer who maintains the enclosure safe and clean.
Survival of the fittest does not apply in here.
Dynamics have changed, from natural to social - supply/demand.
Farmer demands his pound of flesh, and the farm manimals willingly give it, knowing that in the wilds their memes would quickly fall prey to their weaknesses.

the only reason one could characterize people of ages past as more ‘spiritual’ is because they hadn’t yet acquired an abundance of material and technological surplus, and they were no less hedonistic than the present age. believe me, if they had video games and movie theaters and fast food restaurants and disco clubs, you’d find far less profound philosophical contemplation going on and much more indulgence. so there was nothing intrinsically unique about those people that gave them special powers of spirituality. and they sure as shit didn’t have some privileged access to deep philosophical truths that only those from a golden age could have.

part of this myth of ‘desperate degeneration’ you subscribe to depends on your romanticizing the past. it’s a sentimentalism grounded in a fantastically unrealistic vision of history.

Desperation= lacking identity, a sense of self, the individual si desperate for an alternative.
Degeneracy = in their search the individual finds it in supply/demand - in society. Desperate for an identity it finds it in trends, fashions, in hedonism.
One product replaces another…and none satisfy; none satiate the mind’s need for a foundation.
No family, no father figure, no mother worth shit.
The mind turns to materialism, and finds identity in being useful to as many others as possible.

No romanticizing of the past…they weren’t great.

sure i can work with some of that, but i’d have to put another angle on it… one that might surprise you. suppose these people weren’t degenerate, or couldn’t be degenerate i should say, because their natural state in this perceived degeneracy is in fact a statement of the perfection of their design. or let me try to say it like this; they are unable to have depth, so there is no absence of substance where one can only be shallow. to call something ‘degenerating’ is to say there is a greater state away from which the thing is moving. but these people never had this greater state to move away from, see. they are literally modern capitalist/consumerist constructs incapable of being other than they are, and as such, they must be considered perfect at being what they are.

the thing to consider is that any one of these subjects wouldn’t ‘feel’ like the reasons and explanations you present in describing their condition are actually true. so this begs the question; how real is such a diagnosis to the first-person if they are neither able to understand it or describe their own behaviors as such? take one of the three musketeers here - you, ecmandu or jakob. in my mind, none of you are ‘ideal’ models that i wouldn’t consider to be degenerate in some way. and yet to call you degenerate would mean that i would first have to expect you to be cognizant of how to not be degenerate, or else this perceived degeneracy is, actually, your natural state. that is to say, you can’t be otherwise, and therefore you aren’t, in fact, degenerate, but perfect at what you are.

see but this stuff could be poked and prodded so much that it would fall apart (if the power of deconstruction compelled me). and these things are not unique only to modern people. it’s in our very nature to want to make our lives meaningful and rich with purpose by finding some cause to identify with that transcends ourselves. one guy identifies with the nazi cause and another with the zionists. both are doing the same thing.

its only the context of the various forms of indulgence that have changed. today we indulge in ‘products’ to satiate that emptiness… yesterday they indulged in ‘ideas’ to do so. actually i should say that today, people indulge in both. but this is worse, because those of yesterday didn’t know any better, while those today who still call themselves philosophers have merely adopted another fetish to fill the void. where they can’t fully occupy themselves with other activities to keep themselves distracted, they enter into these mental reveries and convince themselves that their on to something.

but none of this can be classified as degenerate unless we are able to say they could be otherwise. but they can’t; the western world literally mass produces such people and drops them off the assembly line as if they were toaster ovens.

'course you’d not understand where i’m coming from when i explain things in such shorthand. i’m talking about an all-pervading force that affects every aspect of human life and conditions people to be this way… without them being able to know it. and you know what i call this force in the west. it starts with a C, and it ain’t captain crunch.

See how it works?

I ask of him this:

And he comes back with this:

From his frame of mind, apparently, this is actually how “serious philosophers” were meant to address the “rise of emotionality” as broached in the OP.

The only appropriate response is admitting fallibility, humility, so as to belong to the collective.
We are not omnipotent, so we must be equally feeble.
The specimen must receive this validation.

No certainty, no pride, no arrogance. Only humility.
Admit that you may be wrong, to belong to the collective of equally wrong.
Either omniscient, or ignorant.
If not absolutely good, then absolutely evil.

He wants to ‘bring it down’ to a simpleton’s level - emotional, feminine. Let’s talk private matters.
Dumb-it-down = bring it ‘down to earth’. Lower it to mediocrity. The median.

He doesn’t mean connect it with reality, but simplify it and degrade it to a level he can relate to - make it emotional so he can feel it.
This is how he understood Dasein. Thrown into a private universe of subjectivity, seeking inter-subjectivity to belong to, to validate its own delusions; to create the ideal world, populated by ideal humans, with no conflicts, no disagreements.
Uniformity in and through nil, where the oneness is attained…like the sinner dies, leaving behind his fallible, sinful body, to find completion in the absolute idea - oneness.

Abrahamic narratives using different lingo.
From Christianity to Marx and then…crypto-Marxism - post-modernism.
The power of the nil.

You cannot automatically determine someones psychology just from their politics
I regularly read people from the right and none of them make me remotely angry

Donald Trump is the person that the left love to hate the most but I am indifferent to him
He has never made me angry at all and if he has not then no one on the right probably can

I fully support the First Amendment even though it only applies to the government and not private companies or individuals
I would not be a member of this forum if I did not like being exposed to opinions which are fundamentally different to mine

Now I may not necessarily agree with you but that is not remotely the same as actually wanting to deny your absolute right to free speech
I have never once seen you say anything controversial here so it is academic but you should still speak your mind anytime that you want to

So not all lefties Wendy are anti free speech - only the postmodernist social justice warriors are
But I am not one of them - I am a classical liberal who fully supports the principle of free speech

DNA wise ALL humans are “programmed” to survive at all costs at least till the inevitability of mortality. The exceptions to the above are the mentally ill.

Among other primal impulses, the emotions are one set of the impulses that facilitate the individual to survive to meet the above objective.

The emotions are triggered when their respective receptors are triggered to drive the individual to act accordingly but unfortunate these impulses are crude. Example, in the event of a perceived threat, the person is triggered to be fearful [flight] or angry [fight] depending on various circumstances.

Crude impulses pose a moral issue, thus humans are ‘programmed’ with an evolving moral faculty with an “impulse control” facility.

Example of the need for good impulse control, note Aristotle on the emotion of anger,

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

To develop of the power of impulse control is not easy and it needs some degrees of effort on the part of the individual.

Generally, the normal individual will have some degree of control over their impulses and this control is very flimsy and can easily to overpowered by an unmodulated surge of emotional impulses.

In the cases related to Trump with snowflakes lefties, they lost the impulse control when driven by a surge of emotion of anger when they experienced a terrible cognitive dissonance which gave rise to the Trump Derangement Syndrome.
When one suffer a cognitive dissonance which generate terrible mental pains, one will strive for consonance.
These snowflake lefties are driven to seek consonance with an out-of-control surge of emotional anger as childish tantrums and refusing to accept rational arguments.

During bouts of cognitive dissonances, the primary activities are focused on the primal brain which overrides the higher rational brain. This is the reason why the snowflake lefties are behaving like animals.