Thursday, May 31, 2018

Unfettered Compassion versus Complete Selfishness

Compassion is one of five complements of emotion that makeup a singular feeling from the unconscious archetypes that make up consciousness. Selfishness is the complementary emotion to compassion and, while complete selfishness is undesirable, unfettered compassion is likewise undesirable. It is always necessary to both limit unfettered compassion with some selfishness as well as to limit complete selfishness with some compassion. Just as the complete selfishness of the state can result in the tyranny of the state over individual freedom, an unfettered compassion of the state can also result in tyranny of the state over individual freedom.

Thus, there are limits to compassion just as there are limits to selfishness. In fact, there are four other emotion complements that makeup our feelings as a result of our unconscious archetypes: pleasure and anxiety, joy and misery, serenity and anger, and pride and shame. Pleasure of other people and the world drives much of what we do but we must also have a certain amount of anxiety about other people and the world as well. While the emotion joy can be very pleasant, there is no pleasure of a time of joy without some complementary time of misery as well, misery being the complement of joy.

Serenity is a very desirable feeling of peace within people and among other people, but anger is also a very necessary complement that tends to limit other people's undesirable selfish behavior. Pride is how people show acceptable behavior while shame is how people show unacceptable behavior and both pride and shame are therefore necessary for socialization.

An emotion spectrum shows how a singular feeling point emerges and it is by this singular feeling that we choose a desirable future. Our unconscious archetypes form the basis of feeling from emotion and feeling is what drives consciousness. Indeed, feeling is at the root of all meaning and purpose and feeling is how we choose desirable futures.

The five factor model divides personality according to whether a person is more or less:

curious
conscientious
assertive
agreeable
sensitive

according to their answers to a standard series of questions. These questions are about how a person feels about different circumstances and each person's feelings vary according to their emotion spectrum for each circumstance.

Steven Pinker has said that the enlightenment has brought reason, science, and morality and therefore brought the global prosperity and peace as a result of individual freedom and capitalism. Reason and science are both products of a small number of very curious and conscientious people with high IQ. Reason and science are successful because they allow people to predict the future of a source given the knowledge of its past.

Morality, though, is a product of a small number of very sensitive and very conscientious people with high IQ along with a much larger number of agreeable people as followers or adherents. The overall goal of moral behavior is to reduce suffering and misery and therefore increase the likelihood of survival by cooperation. Morality comes from the grand narratives of civilization that imbue people with unconscious archetypes that provide purpose and meaning.

There are therefore limits for reason and science in defining morality, which ultimately derives from emotion and feeling as opposed to reason and science. While reason and science can also reduce suffering and misery, without the purpose and meaning of our unconscious archetypes, reason and science alone are not enough to sustain consciousness.

There is then a very dangerous notion that reason and science alone can define morality and therefore sustain consciousness without the grand narratives that actually are what have built our unconscious archetypes. In particular, there is a feeling that religion and mysticism have no place in the future of our post modern enlightenment. Even though the grand narratives of literature, art, music, and religion have all contributed to building the unconscious archetypes of our past, some feel that religion and mysticism have no roles in building future unconscious archetypes for our progeny.