I have been pondering the idea of why during times of stress people emulate each other more. In context of historical or world proportions, what keeps us from being tossed into the fray of the masses to experience all their ideals, emotions and feelings at once, and what keeps us selective when under stress?
As a psychic empath, the most vital tool is still in trying to be selective in understanding ideas, mass media, ideologies and the emotions that drive them. It is vital to acquire self-esteem away from these masses to individuate, and that often is a lonely path. This is the most difficult, but the most honorable part of being a success: to distinguish oneself from the ideal – the team ideal – and to continue to invent.
The joy of movement, intellectual renaissances, the force of expression, whether through art or writing or technology, all these things help us celebrate and perfect what we are and what we express. Yet, even one’s own ideas will be vaulted into a mass consciousness, and even our most precious feelings and opinions should be guarded and respected.
As a counselor I have received a lot of disrespect for helping others, as if the feeling of love or protection where outmoded, or weak. Yet, these are the same people that come to me for help.
I have noticed there is this mass empathy phenomenon going on – we are perceiving so many losses in others, through the news, through the suffering of our neighbors and friends, through our own losses, that we are becoming possibly partly lost to their feelings.
And just where in this panoply of sadness and panic do we attain the benefit of the experience of our own emotions? In peace, in privacy, in sanctum? To have an opinion that creates strong emotion, or protects one from outside influences, censored to have a different opinion, if not a somewhat difficult one, a different feeling…many of these phenomena were perceived to fuel wars, not peaceful movements in history. I remind all of my clients to be on guard for falling too much in line with group ideals.
Is it cool enough to not want to be part of a cause? When can one stop being part of a cause? Can one decide not to want to do anything? Why does one have to believe anything? This feedback is what I am hearing and understanding, and I want to remind you it is our absolutely divine and exceptional human right to not believe in anything. To feel mute. To feel nothing. And when in the face of a mass of emotion, to abstain, not be caught up, to reason, to protect the self, to be smart and safe.
Let’s say that you feel bad about wanting a normal life amidst so much suffering – is that a selfish thing? I would say not, as it is exactly this self-care that will keep us afloat and alive. Self-care is a grand thing.
In networking with various empaths and persons that identify with this cause, as empathy is a type of cause even if it is a tool, I have been very happy to see that most of them seem to be a self-protective and private group of individuals with a great potential for independent thought, as they are and usually always have been loners.
It is as if empaths cannot accept mass thinking, or global emotion, and trends. They are mentally scarred and bothered by the sheer volume of other people’s opinions and energies – taken in by the opportunists, swallowed and sold out to uncriticized ideology. Ayn Rand termed this as ‘Group Think’. Highly criticized by her peers at the time, she stood her ground and still persevered in writing some of the best ideas in history.
Empathy, or witnessing others people pain, is a very powerful motivator. This could be seen as a negative impact of empathic transferral and bad for the soul at times. As much as this makes you cooperative, what empathy or deep feeling does, as I have discussed before, is dampen the reasoning area of the brain, and this restricts or complicates decision making and task management. This means that it is biologically determined that if we succumb to emotion – and it is very important not to – that we can become ‘victims’ of not only our own, but mass emotional states.
This is apparent today in the world: the evolution of our humanity, with many benefits, many improvements. Yet, also through my studies in propaganda, I have see this type of mass emotion drown out authentic change in history, as it can morph into a form of brainwashing or ‘zombieism’ which many of my clients and colleagues are genuinely concerned about.
There are really too many financial interests at stake, and people are marketing emotional states to motivate you to feel frightened. One must hang on to one’s present emotional state, and if it means not to feel, that is fair, as long as one does not neglect oneself and one’s human tribe.
If one is sad, mad, crazy, depressed, angry – that’s a true state of emotion, and no one should tell you to smile, be more optimistic or fight – you need to feel that within and take time to reason with your own emotion. As explained, reason and emotion do not work in tandem.
There is the tacit balance of allowing life to happen, to not self-examine, to not always improve, and to most importantly facilitate freedom of opinion, perhaps a better term for freedom of expression. Again, as long as it does not harm you, and you intentionally others, opinion, no matter how contrary, is the way in which we humans invent new ideas.
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