I just saw this post: ““Your feelings are valid simply because you feel them.””
This quote captures a pervasive assumption we have in American culture that I think is entirely flawed. That, “it’s just how I feel” suffices as a justification, that it can absolve or support an action or though, and that we are not responsible for it to some extent.
Emotions are not arguments, nor do they have logical structure— certainly they have history). I think we experience them due to some sort of stimulus, be it internal or external; and upon recognizing them, we reason about them; try to explain them with reference to experience; or rationalize them to justify their arising. This does not mean however that they can be valid or invalid, because validity implies assuming their truth, and emotions cannot be true or false. When you feel something, that’s simply the case. Whether it is an artificially induced emotion or a naturally occurring one, if you honestly claim or perceive that an emotion has arisen in you, then it becomes a fact of your psychology.
What emotions can be is “legitimate” or “illegitimate”. Insofar as it concerns regards “why” we believe we feel them: and their legitimacy is assessed by the tenability of your belief or thought about their origin.
We are not victims of our emotions or habits. If we reason thoughtfully and self-reflexively on them we can channel them. This must happen both when they spring up and when they pass. Granted, there are medical exceptions that can be made, but I’m setting those aside because I’m ring abut everyday human beings with stable thought patterns.
I agree with you, but I don’t really think when people express their emotions and say that they’re valid they are always necessarily saying that what they feel is true just because they are feeling it, I think generally they accept that it is all experience based bias but even so they use that as a point of reference for decision making and whatnot, and that’s fucked up.▲3 | reblog
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one of my favorite quotes that’s floating aruond on here says something to the extent of “how many talented artists, brilliant scientists and doctors, does society never see flourish because they’re stuck working in the factories and the fields?” like if you ask me that’s what’s truly horriffic about capitailsm. i mean yes it does cause massive suffernig and starvation etc etc, but whats just as tragic is the fact that peoples dreams for theselves are never achieved because they’re forced to become appendages to a global pyramid scheme of value-creation.
Salvador Dali - The Woman with a Head of Roses (partial)
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