Emotionalism versus reason and discipline the society of honor the philippines anoxia

I think the development of humankind during the last 100 years was toward more powerful reasoning and the application of enhanced powers for enrichment and security. Now, as the world has gotten smaller and more people are interacting with one another, we seem to be tilting back toward emotionalism. Emotionalism is like a self-devouring beast where one spark of emotion creates another stronger one, and yet another, and that continues and is rolling across global society in waves emanating from stressful current events: racism, drugs, empires pushing against each other, immigrants invading our comfort zone . . . and this is pushing out reason as the framework of our interpersonal relations and decisions.


I confess I have tended to think of Filipinos as highly emotional peoples but under a blanket of conservative family values. Other preconceptions I have had of more emotional peoples: Cantonese (Hong Kong), Latin Americans, Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, and Middle Easterners. Those are not negative observations, because it is the passions of these peoples that give them a rich sense of living life, and I am personally drawn to them. I have tended to think of America as more rational and Germans as machines goose-stepping across the logic board.

And I laughed like crazy when I discovered that Singapore is the LEAST emotional nation on the planet. Of course Singapore is the nation that trolls and former DFA secretaries say the Philippines is like under an inspiring dictator that they liken to Lee Kuan Yew. Singaporeans use reason to deal with their many stresses. nanoxia deep silence 2 Filipinos use something else and I am at a loss to characterize it.

So America is emotional, but it appears that the character of the emotions is different from elsewhere. Americans in 2012 were described as “exuberant”, which I read to be a positive energy. I wonder if the study were redone today, perhaps the exuberance would have changed to anger. It certainly seems that way.

The business of running a nation is complex. It requires resolving thousands of issues and biases among the people. Get a rational, decent strongman like Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew and a nation can overcome immense conflicts and stresses. Economically progressive and socially harmonious. anoxic brain injury recovery rate Get an emotional tyrant who favors control over rational decision-making and we get the Philippines under Marcos and Duterte. Economically regressive and socially troubled. And the emotionalized people are unable to discern good from bad, their own role in it, and the simple cause and effect of their votes.

The successful candidates will appeal to the emotional wisdom of Filipinos, if it is a wisdom. If the candidates are rational of policy and decent of values, they might be able to get the nation back on track, but it is questionable whether or not they can make their way into office.

I think that means something in terms of why, in early polls, Senator Bam Aquino, who has worked hard and diligently for Filipinos during his term in the Senate, would rank below famous Imee Marcos and strongman executioner (Bato) Dela Rosa.

Candidates for a progressive, well-run, rational Philippines are pushing a very heavy rock up a tall, steep hill. Unless they can find some emotional buttons that resonate with voters, it will be tough getting to the top without the rock crashing down.

The “First World” varies extremely in terms of emotional range. Yet, a case can be made that the “First World” are on average more emotional. There is USA and Canada on the extremely emotional end of the scale, the Western Europeans and Latin Americans closer to the middle but still on the strongly emotional side of things, the Germans and East Asians (and the Italians!!?) on the middle portion of the scale—with the South Koreans and especially the Singaporeans being the odd exception of being emotionally restrained.

And I don’t think it is cold logic—reason—that alone separates us from animals. Emotions too. Our emotions are the same, yet different compared to emotions of animals. The emotion of human beings is something that is far deeper than the mere gutteral instinct of animals; I think that it is not just reason, but also our emotion is what separates us from animals. Can an animal fully know as we do the joy of the discovery of new knowledge—or the transcendental feeling of spiritual euphoria?

Norms. Religion. Morality. This cannot be boiled down to logic—but are something beyond logic in some aspects. Fuzzy. What compells me to be rational anyway, but a love for reason itself? In that sense, there is no false dichotomy between emotion and reason: good emotion leads to good reason—another way of saying this: good moral convictions lead to sound rational behavior.

Yet, “emotionalism” is nonetheless a problem. anxiety attack symptoms nhs Of what? The problem is not the river itself called emotion which floods the lowlands—but the direction of the river. Americans are so adamant (somethings some think—too adamant) to defend their liberties—not just because they are rational, but because they love their liberties. Love. The East Asians are so driven to secure their nations’ prosperity not just because they are acting rationally—but because they love their heritage, their community, their values. Love. An emotion—the supreme emotion.

I would say the study might either have averaged out Italian values from North to South, or even worse taken a sample from the wrong place, just like some Filipino political surveys took only Davao as a sample of Mindanao. North will be less emotional and the South very emotional. Like I wrote to Joe, from Rome southwards life takes place on the streets there. Sicilians can go from very happy with you to very angry in seconds, the exaggerated version of that can be found in the comedy “Analyze This”. with Robert De Niro as a Mafia boss.

Emotions, Intuition, Reasoning are I think three layers of perception that human beings have. nanoxia project s Emotions give a first, primitive idea of where one stands. But they can also be WRONG. The emotion you get when hearing a song with special context for you (first kiss or whatever) can be out of place today. Even intuition can be out of place as the context changes. Just like artificial intelligence can miss the correct pattern, learn to look for the sunlight in a photo and not for the tank it is supposed to memorize as in some older research projects. Reasoning is most accurate if used properly but you have to have the time to apply it. Therefore the sequence is emotion -> intuition -> reason and if you have little time to react or your emotional intelligence is low you may act on feelings only, which might be good or not.

A lot of Filipino emotionalism has to do with trust issues. The Philippines unlike Japan is a low-trust society, for good reason. So the feeling whether you can trust a candidate, will he do something for me and my family or just for himself, is a decisive factor for Filipinos. The feeling that “Robin Hoods” (some have called Binay that, imagine him in green tights) will do more for them than “decent” people who only care about the educated, English-speaking Manila crowd (to use several cliches) is hard to shake. Trust is needed, this is the feeling the likes of VP Leni and Hilbay are able to establish – while Mar Roxas dismally failed and fails.

Of course morals and laws ultimately come from empathy, though they try to make up for a major fault of empathy – that by nature we feel it mainly for those we are close to – or think we are close to. A certain tribalism or nationalism extends empathy but can do only so much..

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