Garden of Human Conditions - Emotions versus Duty

By William Markiewicz

The struggle between them is the history of our destiny. The most authentic emotions are probably fruits of our instincts, while the learned ones - religion, ideologies - make us part of the crowd. The collective emotions, when learned, teach obedience, discipline. Goose steps erase personality.

The instinctive emotions, unlike the taught ones, could make us self-devouring super-individuals. Soutter, in his "Godless," wrote: "The godless" are dolorous beings, a caste purified and elevated by the tortuous pain of isolation." The power of super emotions is thrown on us in the Hedy Lamarr film "Ecstasy", in "Don Juan" in its various manifestations, “Don Quixote”, Racine’s Chimene ... As for the creators themselves, they are not necessarily in the image of their creations, but rather are instruments of inspiration, of certain forces passing through them, often out of the creator’s control.

We previously discussed individuals "bigger than nature", and, on the other side, the impersonal monotony of crowds which mirror the Borgs in "Star Trek." But monotony and mediocrity exist also on the personal level. In the name of duty, realism, security, individuals may reject love, interesting positions, interesting life, and may learn to like it. Good weather, good meal. Good entertainment and good friends very much like themselves become the focus of their life. If they won the lottery, it would hardly change their life.

The godless are sufferers. The super heroes are the risk takers. Some choose a boring life in the name of duty and security.

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