The oxford dictionary defines well that, “Emotion is a strong feeling that has love, fear and anger”.
Man is a social animal and man is a living organism as well. Where there is life there will be emotions. It is the emotion that has brought one man to another man together and formed the society. It is emotion that differentiates us from non living organism. The man feels what other man suffers from. The best example of human’s emotions which we can see from the mother fondling and milking her baby.
Can anybody tell why we start shedding our valuable tears when someone dies in an accident? Don’t we show sympathy with handicapped and disabled persons begging alms?
What to say about real human relationships in day to day practical life, even in the sas bahu serials and heart rending films why do we become emotional. Why our eyes flood into tears. We say it nothing else but emotion and emotion only.
Then question may arise in everyone’s mind that what really emotion is. Emotion is an expression or an idea or a situation where someone feels the same as other feels. Not merely mankind even all living organism have emotions of their own. They laugh, they weep, they sympathize and they boast.
Have we forgotten the emotions of Bharat towards Rama, Shabari towards Rama Eklavya towards Dronacharya. They are all the unique examples which are highly regarded and revered in our life.
Emotion is the foundation brick of all human and his social values. If we abandon all emotional aspect of life then need not to weep at death of someone and the farewell of brides at marriage. Why do we start liking or hating someone? Why do the memory of departed or separated sweet ones haunt long after their exit from the worldly scene? It is all due to emotional aspect of human life.
Life is impossible without emotions. There are innumerable emotions attached with human life. Even we can say that all human actions are guided by emotions. Love and hate is the part of universal dualism. Either we love or hate. They are also emotions. Love is god, love is life, and love is music and love is art as well. Nothing is above love according to the myths and modern thinkers. It is love that prompts a man to be friend of another man. That is the first step of social structuralism. That knits the web of society.
Emotion is the predominant and integral part of poetry and we know poetry is life. Wordsworth defines poetry as “Poetry is the overflow of powerful feeling recollected in tranquility.”
When Dropadi was being undressed, every one cried, when Abhimanyu died, everyone wailed. But why? It was because of overflowing of powerful emotions.
Desire, anger, sympathy, love, hate and friendliness are all the outburst of powerful emotions. Man is the most dominant, wise and powerful creature of the world. He is the store of marvelous and miraculous ideas that led to numerous inventions and discoveries. Emotions are pre-requisite of these ideas. The emotions come naturally then we modify them into ideas that help in advancement of the society.
It’s the biggest blunder of human race to take him as a lifeless object beyond all emotions. This seems quite ridiculous if one takes the man having no emotions and no feelings. This is malicious and ignorant expression of self. Nothing can be more shameful as to consider human race in dearth of emotions. It’s unbelievable and baseless. Whatever anyone can argue for the sake of logicality but his conscience will itself be not accepting what his mouth is boasting of. For the sake pedantry and prudence, one may manipulate the facts which he himself is aware of.
Someone has rightly affirmed that ‘imagination is pre-requisite of ideas, and ideas have made human race dominant over other races of the planet. This is idea and idea only that has proved our supremacy over other creatures of the planet. And it is well and widely known to everyone that ideas come after emotions and imaginations. So to say man having no emotions is merely mockery of self as well as whole of mankind.
Emotions make us as human or a living organism otherwise we are lifeless and inactive body. It is emotion that makes us feel like man. It is emotion that brings one man to another man together and that is the first pillar of the huge and magnificent building of social relationships.
It is emotion that has inspired all branches of human knowledge and learning- may it be sociology, psychology, history, philosophy and science and religion. The man was shocked and surprised by the happening in his surrounding in early dawn of human civilization and started exploring deep with faith and devotion. That helped in advancement of human knowledge and learning. Today we firmly believe that every branch of learning is the inspiration from nature and nature is much associated with emotional aspect of human life.
If we don’t have emotions why should we worship in temples, why should we be afraid of wrongs in life, respect our elders, follow the rules of the world, shed tears on death of someone and sympathize with suffering fellows. It is because we are having immense store of emotions in the core of our hearts. That’s why we lament, we cry, we smile, we over joy and we break if someone or something hurts us.
Our emotions overflow when someone is drowning, burnt, bleeds in accident, is bitten by snake or cries in various pains of the world. Why our hands move automatically to help the persons in urgent need.
The man without emotions is a stone, a lifeless object and everyone knows that lifeless object cannot make the world go ahead. These mechanical instruments require wise skills to be controlled and operated. That is possible only by human with emotions.
Without emotions we are robotic in nature that only knows how to perform the acts not why to perform the acts. This type of tendency brings catastrophe and large scale destructions.
Whenever there was loss of emotions there was destruction and panic. The consecutive two world wars and innumerable battles gave nothing fruitful to the world. In guise to accomplish the hypothetical ambitions there had been huge destruction of human sweat and blood.
When ideas and emotions are placed together, we firmly avouch that ideas mostly contribute in destructive tendency while emotions are constructive in nature. Ideas are cruel and unkind whereas emotions are drowned deep in sympathy and mercy. Ideas bring the Hiroshima and Nagasaki situation whereas the emotions bring peaceful communication, contribution and conference like situation. Undoubtedly it is idea that has brought matchless discoveries and inventions in front of the world but we must not forget that the same ideas have generated nuclear and bio-chemical weapons that are able to destroy total humanity within minutes. But the emotions teach us to love humanity whatever region or country anyone belongs. This is not due to caste and color that creates difference between us but due to bone and flesh that makes us human and nothing else. Everyone is made of bone and flesh whatever country he belongs.
It is emotions and emotions only that has inspired in building the social framework. Emotions bring one person to another person together. This formulates family, society, and nation and so world and humanity. We all well remember the famous saying of Aristotle that Man is the social animal, beyond society either he is god or beast. Neither are we beast nor gods because we are living in society. The society is the culmination of emotions.
Whenever human beings abandon emotions and gave much emphasis to individual ideas than communal ideas they had to suffer unfathomable loss. The names and deeds of the notorious dictators like Hitler, Mussolini, Bismarck and Napoleon is the burning and unique examples.
Someone has factually remarked that heart is deceiver and mind is receiver. Man is because he has fantabulous ideas and miraculous ideas. It is ideas not the emotions that have certified the supremacy of man over other fellow creatures of the planet. It is ideas that have brought incredulous discoveries and inventions. It is ideas that inspire and enable mankind to incline towards innovative novel deeds. The ideas make the current of life, quite afresh and keep moving on. That is the reason why after centuries of advent of human civilization, the charm of living is still alive. There is hope and there is beauty.
We ever think but we rarely feel. Emotions are but temporary and transient in nature. They lack productivity and continuity. They lack force of life.
The man is surrounded by multiple ideas that help him to live life beautifully and successfully as well in the hustling and bustling world. The man having no idea is called stupid and foolhardy and wicked. He gets no respect and no attention even from the family persons what to say about others in the society.
All the time man keeps on thinking and thinking either about his personal life or about family, society, profession, the country etc. he has no time to show emotions towards others. It is no exaggeration to say that in modern world of hurries and worries we don’t know what’s being cooked in neighbors’ kitchen. If someone dies in the neighborhood, the news we get when we get the formal invitation of final rituals. Not only this, we hurriedly pass through the road and see someone died in accident, but we have no time for showing emotions for the fellow. We take it granted that such cases occur regularly. Just remember how we pass through crushing the lamed or disabled person sitting at pathways and footpaths. We even cry slangs on these pathetic fellows.
Ideas have made the man to feel proud of his race. It is ideas that have led to climb the skyward mountains, to dive bottomless oceans and fly immeasurable spaces. Emotions beget fears and out of fear such adventurous tasks are impossible.
Ideas have brought man from primitive and nomadic stage to a civilized and cultured stage. We have the mechanical facilities that make the life go smooth and comfortable. Today we boast of high skyscrapers and magnificent buildings, sophisticated transportation and info-technology. That is all possible from the grand ideas not frail emotions.
Just imagine what we would have been if we had seen emotions and emotions only. Emotions make a man weak and a man nothing to do. Emotions are fantasy while ideas are the fact. And everyone knows how long fantasy can help us. Fantasy is cheater and so are the emotions.
One of the famous writers of English literature, the dramatist and essayist, George Bernard Shaw whose dramas are called as the drama of ideas has confidently said that ‘it is ideas that have made us to feel like man, otherwise we were beast’. It is the ideas of our great philosophers and thinkers not their emotions that have influenced and inspired the humanity. May it be Lord Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Lord Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi; their ideas have guided the path of humanity to walk on the path of eternity. Their ideas are the lamps to lighten the darkness prevalent in the society. Their ideas had been the eternal source of inspiration in all ups and downs of humanity and its advancement.
How can we forget Addison’s naughty ideas to hatch the eggs and fly the girl servant? How can we forget the Newton’s ideas in leisure on falling of the apples? Even the total physical disability of Stephen Hawking can’t stop him thinking miraculously and contributing to the development of human knowledge.
Are we still in the false pretension to over crying of emotions? Every educated person will be aware of the famous saying ‘where there is will there is way’. What’s that? Is that emotion or idea? Absolutely that is idea not emotion.
If anyone is drowning in front of your eyes, what would you like to do? Would you show emotions on the dying man or think how to save the man? Someone’s house is on fire, what you would do? To shed tears on the burning house or think how to help. The answer will absolutely be ‘to think how to save the situation’. Can we feed up or fulfill the requirement of our own or family members only by showing emotions? Can we bring the dresses to put on only by showing emotions? No and never. We have to think and act accordingly. Only after that we can fulfill the needs of ours and family members. Was it possible to make India free only by showing emotions in front of the Britishers? Was the planning and fighting of national leaders was in vain? No, to find the goal and to achieve success anywhere, we need planning and execution with full devotions.
This is quite appropriate to quote the philosophical saying that “Nothing is good or bad in the world; our thinking makes us feel so”.
Both the human emotions and ideas have inevitable and significant role in life. They must be well synchronized together. Their equivalency in life will bring florescent and fabulous outcomes. They must equally be respected and reflected.