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Social Vitality

June 26, 2010

A while ago I had an epiphany and realized that emotion can only be produced through the transfer of spiritual energy, and that such transfer can only be accomplished through interaction with the environment.

In other words, emotion come from social contact.

Humans are built with social needs in mind, and that is why one of few things that makes us human (emotions) can only be felt in a social setting, and through social interaction. If one were to be completely alone, without anyone or anything to interact with, they would be completely emotionless– a biological robot essentially.

So you might ask, why is it that we can still feel emotions when alone?

This is due to this other cool thing that humans seem to have more of than- say animals: Memories. Because we can remember the experiences and feelings of the past, we can experience emotions even when alone, through a fun thing called “retrospect”.

But truth be told, the emotions that you feel when you alone are not anything new– they are just leftovers (byproducts) of what you have already felt in the past. When you are alone and you recall old memories (or something causes you to recall them), you recreate those emotions in your mind, effectively recycling them.

New memories, on the other hand, can only be created through social interaction.

By please note, by “social” I do not just refer to human contact– this expands to anything that contains spiritual energy, including humans (of course), animals, plants, and to some extent, inanimate objects. For everything that contains some spiritual energy, exchange of that energy is possible; it is this exchange of energy that makes social interaction possible.

Emotions are however only one of the products of spiritual transfer.

In its raw state, spiritual energy would be known as Chaos; this form (or should I say, lack thereof) is relatively uncommon, as spiritual energy has the innate tendency to want to be contains within an appreciable form. The initial form that all spiritual energy takes (before being refined and concentrated into particular objects) is Inspiration.

There are many different byproducts of spiritual transfer, among them empathy, creativity, emotions, and innovation; but all of them fall under one definitive category: Intuition.

This solidifies my previous assessments regarding the difference between Emotional truth and Rational (or logical) truth.

Both of them are byproducts of Inspiration (which in turn is a byproduct of spiritual interaction)– with Emotional truth being produced through the projection of inspiration, and Rational truth being produced through the extraction of inspiration.

Projection of inspiration is done by taking Chaos, and projecting it into an object, thus giving the otherwise raw energy a form. That form might be projected as a person, as a feeling, as a creative work (writing, music, film, play, etc.) or even as an invention.

Because of its spontaneous and emissive nature, Emotion truth is considered A priori knowledge.

Extraction of inspiration is done by extracting preexisting inspiration, and converting it into a more rational and concrete form. The forms that rational truth might take include science, mathematics, logic, philosophy, and various related fields.

Because of its dependence on preexisting inspiration, Rational truth is considered A posteriori knowledge.

Because inspiration is such a vital part of humanity (being the source, or “Essence” of everything that makes us human, I think I would be justified in saying that we are biologically programmed to be inspired. And because  both kinds of inspiration can only be acquired through social interaction, it might be further inferred that we are biologically programmed to be social creatures: dependent on social interaction to acquire inspiration, and dependent on inspiration that we might through these needs ensure that a socially interdependent framework is maintained.

As determined by the above analysis, it would seem that social interaction is (for one reason or another) a necessity– a vital component of being human. And it is also the acquisition of spiritual (inspirational) truth which makes us human– such truth can only be acquired through a greater interdependence communication, intimacy, and (ultimately) bond with the environment.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. A Reader of th3g1vr since 20 Dec 06 permalink
    June 27, 2010 1:56 am

    Your concluding paragraph is a burst of brilliance. 🙂


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