Someone posted this on fb and was asking for thoughts. I found it to be a good philosophical q. “Reason cannot defeat emotion, an emotion can only be displaced or overcome by a stronger emotion.”

I think reason can and should defeat emotion some of the time. Elsewise, why wouldnt you seek to get even with everyone who cuts you off on the freeway?




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  1. ladybarbara 5 months ago

    I think that reason can defeat emotions.

    Arguing with Immortal Pirate cannot be won with emotion alone. He argues back using facts and insists on using logic and reason. In order to relate to him, I must push back the emotional reaction and resort to facts and (of all things) logic.

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  2. luftballooneyegouge 5 months ago

    FREEWAY VENGEANCE IS MINE!!!!!

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  3. Squirrel 4 months ago

    Reason and emotion are a spectrum of the same thing. Neurons firing all the same. Every thought conveys emotion and every emotion represents a thought. It changes its course and can redirect it, but it’s the wrong question. Emotion isn’t to be defeated. It’s not your enemy. Channeled, tamed, redirected, understood and addressed, put on the back burner until a better way to address manifests, but even nightmare emotions aren’t your enemy. The memory underpinning the response could theoretically be, but the undesired emotional state isn’t the enemy as it informs. It can be repressed or changed, but that isn’t defeating it, it’s learning from it and changing you to fix your relationship with the stimulus to the emotion.

    Or you could get wicked shitfaced and numb the emotion until the stimulus comes back and your cirrhosis nearly kills you when you decide to talk to a therapist instead.

    Changing yourself conquers your relationship to a stimulus, but the adverse emotional states though undesirable and understandably worth avoiding are not your enemy. Enemies don’t try to teach you or help you learn to humanize others.

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