Thursday, March 22, 2012
Nothing more than feelings?
What could be more important than feelings?
Sure, war and peace come to mind, but are war and peace important for any reason other than the feelings they produce?
If war didn’t cause pain and anguish, if peace didn’t provide for delights both transcendental and carnal, would either of them matter to us at all?
War, peace, art money, marriage, birth, death, disease, religion — these are just a few of the Really Big Topics over which oceans of blood and ink have been spilled, but they are really big topics for one reason alone.
Each is a powerful source of human emotion. If they didn’t make us feel uplifted, desperate, thankful, and hopeless, we would keep all that ink and blood to ourselves.
As Plato asked,”Are these things good for any other reason except that they end in pleasure, and get rid of and avert pain?
Are you looking to any other standard but pleasure and pain when you call them good?
Indeed, feelings don’t just matter — they are what mattering mean. - Excerpt from STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS