Emotion is such a complex concept. Emotions have the power to do some of the greatest good but also some of the worst evil. Positive emotions make us feel good and give our body feelings of pleasure. Negative emotions lead us to do some of the worst things imaginable. Essentially, positive emotions such as happiness and love drive us to do good things for ourselves and others, while negative emotions such as hatred and anger make us more likely to harm ourselves or others. Therefore, this begs the question: Would we be better off in a world without emotions?
Most people will instantly react to this with something along the lines of no, because it would be too boring, too dull, life would become meaningless, etc. It is true that no one would give up the ability to feel joy or happiness or love; however, could it be worth it at the expense of anger, hatred, and jealousy? A world with no emotions would mean no wars, no violence, and no killing. All decisions would be based completely off of logic and efficiency. We would make the best decisions to benefit us and those around us and achieve maximum potential as a society.
In order to ultimately determine if humans would be better off without emotions, we have to decide which situation gives us the best net result. If we consider an emotionless world neutral, or zero, then we need to find out if positive emotions and their effects outweigh the negative emotions and their consequences. I have been known to be a cynical and pessimistic person, but I can’t help thinking in today’s society that the negative emotions far outweigh the positive ones. All of the anger and hatred has caused wars and violence around the world for years and years. Even the positive emotions have led to wrong acts. People think money, drugs, and sex will make them happy and end up doing evil things to obtain them.
In the end, although most people with disagree, I would rather live in a world with no emotions than a world where emotions have led to illogical decision-making, pain suffering, corruption, and death.
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