..this whole world, civilisation as we know it, exists because of our emotions? This may have occurred to thinkers and philosophers before, but this morning it’s an original thought for me.
Probably most people I meet are able to trace their emotions to significant life-events and difficulties. That’s why they are in distress and why they come to see me.
Sometimes though, people are unable to trace the source of their problems; they have a vague unease, or feelings have built up over time. They seem out of proportion to what has happened and it is their individual response that they are struggling with. Phobias; so-called irrational fears are an example. The fear is often attached to a different event than the cause, or because there is no known cause, becomes attached to something.
What I’m wondering now is whether over time, people have created things to explain their feelings; something to attach them to. Literature, for example – authors often have to write. Similarly Art; painters must paint.
Our wonderful brains may have created diverse ways of expressing our emotions and starting with cave paintings got rather carried away!