I think that it is important to consider the different types of emotions and
to identify the emotions that are personally damaging - unnecessary anger,
overreacting to problems, a tendency to causes disarray to oneself and to
others; AND the emotions that are essential to our intelligence and our
enjoyment of life - being aware of oneself and one's environment, ability to
voice one's views, conscientiousness about other peoples feelings
(sympathy), full use of one's senses, and the most important, the emotional
intelligence to perceive the importance of a learning from mistakes but
having the knowledge (wisdom, as suggested by Nadia) of knowing when to turn
down the barometer of emotions and when to turn it up.
I read your post several times to really digest it. You put forth a
powerful argument as to why emotions add to, and do not detract from,
intellectual and social development. I hope you put this post in the next
edition of your book "Create, Recreate."
Natasha, this may sound strange, but I could see you as an ordained minister
in a Unitarian church. You can "sermonize" in the best sense of the word.
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