Sunday, September 10, 2006

Fear and love

"Conversations with God" talks about these two emotions being the only two emotions upon which every other human feeling is founded. Every thing that we sense and understand can be distilled into either of these. No more, no less. If I were to put it something along the lines of HP's latest ad campaign, I would say "The human is binary again..."

Because it is fear that makes you grip and grasp at things, while it takes love to let go...

Because it is fear that forces those promises upon you, while it takes love to just believe...

Because it is fear that leads you to find excuses, while it takes love to stop looking for reasons...

Most importantly, the concept of love in this context is not just the boy-girl type, but all the definitions hold equally true as much for a mother-child love, for instance.

And to conclude this small post, some extrapolations that I drew from what I could fathom --

Even if you have never been able to help yourself, help others so that they can live...

Even if you have never been able to reduce your own suffering, lessen it for others, so that they can smile...

And even if you have never been able to listen to yourself, listen to others so that they can share...

2 comments:

Amit Mukherjee said...

Seth Saab,

I would like to add my two cents to this. I agree that most human emotions can be categorized into the above mentioned binary columns.

However if u step a level above these two, you can trace both of these to a single entity called "The Ego". We feel the desire to grasp something out of fear because of the feeling that it is "ours/mine" and we are losing it. The feeling of "letting it go" can also be traced to the same thought process. Our ego makes us believe that something is ours and that we need to "hold on to it" (in the case of fear) or "let it go" (in the case of love).

Let me know what you think

Sharad said...

Well in that case I suppose we are going back to the realm of the trinity -- the ID, the ego and the super-ego, with the "ego" being the most prominent of entities (ruling the mind) in a normal human being.

Although I was talking only about emotions; you are talking about the "source" of those emotions. Since the source is always our mind, we can always trace everything back to the ego, which, as I said above, rules the mind for most of us.