We all seek to answer “why” too many questions we may ponder about during a quest for truth but to understand “why” we must also understand the answer to this is often times implied by in some sort a “version of truth”.
There is so much angry and hatred out there that sometimes is difficulty to withstand. A person’s tolerances will certainly be put on display at times when faced with this profound utterance of noise.
A prime example would be a dear friend of mine sat at a restaurant/bar with a friend of hers who was leaving the state saying “she was fed up with all the violent, rude and abrasive people she encountered.” This woman went on to express a lot of anger, hatred, and discrimination for several hours while slamming down beers. She expressed hatred towards just about every race, religion and ethnic background; discrimination towards LGBT communities. This friend who sat there to send her angry friend a farewell goodbye without contempt while listening to the hatred and madness received a personal blow to the head too. While as abrasive as this woman was she attacked her friend who came to say farewell with much discrimination and hatred too. This farewell became a colossal mess of angry utterance.
To understand anger one must understand primary and secondary emotions as this example was simply not about what was going on in the world but rather a reflection of how she perceived things to be. Sadly, leaving the state isn’t going to solve her anger because for this to be possible she would first need to run from herself; her emotions.
Primary emotions are those that we feel first, as a first response to a situation. Thus, if we are threatened, we may feel fear. When we hear of a death, we may feel sadness. They are unthinking, instinctive responses that we have.
Typical primary emotions include fear, anger, sadness and happiness (although it is worth noting that these can also be felt as secondary emotions).
The problem sometimes with primary emotions is that they disappear as fast as they appear. Their replacement by secondary emotions complicates the situation, making it difficult to understand what is really going on.
Secondary emotions appear after primary emotions. They may be caused directly by them, for example where the fear of a threat turns to anger that fuels the body for a fight reaction. They may also come from more complex chains of thinking.
Secondary emotions may be simple feelings or may be a mix as more emotions join the fray. Thus news of a wartime victory may start with feelings of joy, but then get tinged with sadness for the loss of life.
As we begin to explore other emotional oppositions…
The word “Utterance” is also “Rhema” in Greek
Rhema (in Greek) literally means an “utterance” or “thing said” in Greek. It is a word that signifies the action of utterance.
In philosophy, it was used by both Plato and Aristotle to refer to propositions or sentences.
In Christianity, it is used in reference to the concept of Rhematos Christou; Jesus Christ’s sayings.
Utterance in spoken language analysis, an utterance is the smallest unit of speech. It is a continuous piece of speech beginning and ending with a clear pause. In the case of oral languages, it is generally but not always bounded by silence. Utterances do not exist in written language, only their representations do. They can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways.
Utterance may at times mimic sarcasm, lack of filter and blurting out loud; thinking out loud with lack of impulse control or some moral absolute cause one deems fit.
How much does religion factor into emotional and moral entities?
Religion and Absolutism…
Moral absolutism is the ethical belief that there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are right or wrong, regardless of the context of the act. Thus, actions are inherently moral or immoral, regardless of the beliefs and goals of the individual, society or culture that engages in the actions. It holds that morals are inherent in the laws of the universe, the nature of humanity, the will of God or some other fundamental source.
It is the opposite of Moral Relativism, the position that moral propositions do not reflect objective and/or universal moral truths, but instead make claims relative to social, cultural, historical or personal circumstances. It is related to, but not the same as, Moral Realism (the position that certain acts are objectively right or wrong, independent of human opinion), and to Moral Universalism (the position that there is a universal ethic which applies to all people, regardless of culture, race, sex, religion, nationality, sexuality or other distinguishing feature).
Many religions have morally absolutist positions, and regard their system of morality as having been set by a divinity or Supreme Being, and therefore absolute, perfect and unchangeable. Many Christians regard Christian theology as teaching a hierarchy of moral absolutes known as graded absolutism, where in the case of a conflict between two absolutes, the duty to obey the higher one (God) exempts one from the duty to the lower ones (fellow humans or, still lower, property). Divine Command Theory is an absolutist meta-ethical theory that an act is obligatory if it is commanded by God.
A primary criticism of Moral Absolutism regards how we come to know what the absolute morals are. For morals to be truly absolute they would have to have a universally unquestioned source, interpretation and authority, which critics claim, is impossibility. Why else would there over a thousand different versions of truth to these morality and books of in similar relativity of supreme beings? Of the more obvious criticisms is the sheer diversity of moral opinions which exists between societies (and even within societies) in the world today, which suggests that there cannot be a single true morality.
In versions of truth, psychiatry is just scratching the surface to understand how much scrupulosity may factor into religion, emotional and moral entities. Scrupulosity is categorized as an anxiety; OCD condition in which fear may factor into absolutism. Given the fears within scrupulosity there isn’t an accurate consensus or data to estimate how much this factors into society.
Let’s build a foundation to a better future together
Quote by Malcolm X,
“One of the first things I think young people, especially nowadays, should learn is how to see for yourself and listen for yourself and think for yourself. Then you can come to an intelligent decision for yourself. If you form the habit of going by what you hear others say about someone, or going by what others think about someone, instead of searching that thing out for yourself and seeing for yourself, you will be walking west when you think you’re going east, and you will be walking east when you think you’re going west.”
We are often a product of our past generations through moral absolutism, but I think it’s time to reshape our own intuitive thoughts; take a stance and lead just as many other great, inspiring leaders. Redefine the person you were born to be, lead examples with positive interactions of intolerance because violence begets violence; hatred begets hatred. We need to set better examples for future generations ahead.