Emotional investment?

A standard view is; “The more emotionally invested you are in anything in your life, the less critical and the less objectively observant you become.” (David JP Phillips, We Don’t Have Time board of directors, “The Magical Science of Storytelling”). I think the opposite is true. Here is my reasoning.
Emotions are an integral part of what makes us human. I have suggested, with respect to the current environmental and climate change issues, that there are two sets of emotions at play, terraphthoran (Earth destroying) and terranascient (Earth creating) emotions. The Earth creating emotions are supported by all that we currently know about biological and climate science.
The terranascient emotions, when connected to science, form an objective foundation for personal and social commitment to certain courses of action, namely, avoiding the sixth great species extinction and catastrophic climate chaos.
We have then, a foundation for hope as the causes we are committed to are not arbitrary or nebulous, they are the strongest possible reasons to do something positive. For life to continue on Earth, particularly human life, we must connect our terranascient emotions to the objective order of life as understood and described by science. A realist theory of emotions gives point and purpose to the notion of commitment.
Hence, I re-write the Phillips statement:
“The more terranasciently emotionally invested you are in anything in your life, the more critical and the more objectively observant you become.”


5 thoughts on “Emotional investment?

  1. I like a lot of what you said here. However, after looking up the meanings of emotion and sentiment, I wonder if sentiment wouldn’t be a better choice of concepts in terms of framing your argument. Emotion has the connotation of an “instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.” In contrast, sentiment connotes “a view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion.”

    To illustrate my point, my favorite definition for love is “That which causes one person to desire the most good to come to another and is willing to do whatever is necessary to bring it about.” I spent more than 40 years perusing nutrition literature with hopes of learning how to avoid the modern nutritional diseases. Due to ignorance, I made mistakes along the way. However, I am now healthier than I was 2 decades ago and am dedicated to helping others learn how to nourish themselves properly. Why is this important. Humanity is currently in a world of hurt due to industrial farming and food manufacturing practices. The big problem, the one that is not publicly discussed, is the essential fatty acid profile of the food supply. Anyone who doesn’t know to limit both linoleic and arachidonic acid intake is at risk for all manner of chronic inflammatory disease as well as mental disturbances. Rather than go on about this, I suggest readers Google – David Brown Linoleic acid and BMJ arachidonic acid.

    For half a century, the nutrition science establishment has been in a state of confusion. This article discusses the linoleic aspect of the problem. http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/asbmbtoday_article.aspx?id=18365

    This article discusses the arachidonic acid aspect of the problem. https://www.wholefoodsplantbasedhealth.com.au/tag/dha/


      • Good point. Zig Ziglar has noted, “We are not rational beings, we are emotional beings.” The emotional side of us is the caring side, the passionate side that motivates us to do what’s right when we know to do so or do wrong when deluded by a false narrative. An example of the latter is the eugenics movement.


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