A view of Human Nature that does not take feelings into account is highly short sighted, Fundamental wrong & locks the same thing which is needed to understand that it lacks something. I will try my level to explain my stand on this topic.
Human Beings have excelled in so many Domains that it is difficult to keep track of all the Domains. We are always up for the conquest for Truth. We want to know everything that can be possibly known. We want to know that the things we consider “BIG” are really BIG and the things we consider “SMALL” are really SMALL. We want to see things as they will seem in the light of eternity. As much progress has been made in the field of Biology, this one question gains more & more significance.
What does it mean to have consciousness & what is conscience. How do we calculate the two?
Humans have made immense progress to know that every progress originated in the mind from an idea we started off as many species of Humans. Homo Neanderthals, Homo Erectus, Homo Sapiens etc.
We were hiders for many many years. Just another creature extinct well, the question is why were we afraid of dying? I guess emotions! We are deeply embedded to fear death & death of a closed one us feel as bad as it can possibly feel without actually passing away. Then Homo sapiens started walking upright after many hundred thousands of year. We slowly started developing gibberish sounds as primitive language. In Actually no different from bird sounds or other animal sounds. We evolved to gossip, so that we could gather more information about the other humans & world around us. Despite being mostly mute beforehand, we wanted to learn more. I have a theory. I believe that although necessity may be the mother of invention. The Real Cause of invention is the so perceived Advantage that comes with it. It may take thousands of more years, but the direction is a good one. The longer the journey, the more different it is going to be if the initial steps are drastically different. It is common sense. We slowly invented language & thus the world was ours for taking.
Then millions of years after, we discovered (not invented) Farming by then wasn’t any significant difference among us (humans) & other animals except that we could communicate everyday life & probably no one indulged in philosophy because not even a single philosophical term was invented/discovered. However we wondered endlessly everyday staring at the sun & every night looking at the moon. Every time it started thundering and & lightning & every time it snowed or rained. We attributed it to supernatural entity because some where we understood that just because we don’t have the Ability to understand the existence of an entity or concept and or prove any side of the story doesn’t make that concept or entity non-existent. A Belief which we do not possess widely now. We moved on to Indsutrial Revolution By now humans were powerful thinkers. Some even mind monsters the great era of dramatic thinking had begun with somewhat equal access to previous ideas & methodologies. We were in for the run. Voltaire had taken possession of all of us in some ways. We began to think synthetically more than ever. Nowhere synthetic compared to todays specialist thinkers. The Thinkers of today have tools which can measure & quantity everything about us, Even biologically. They say we are hormones, Synapse & cells, nothing else.
In Stark comparison the pre-modern thinkers had no tool at all. Just their minds. The greatest thinker Aristotle had only a half functioning prototype compass & A Ruler (pun intended indeed) which brings us back to our question.
“How to identify & measure consciousness & conscience.”
Let me tell you something. Every concept that exists in human society is made by humans for humans. Justice, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Patience, Virtues, Good, Evil & Kindness are always imaginary pre-agreed concepts collectively imagined by human beings so that there is order in this world & we all live in peace. Not chaos but why does one dislike chaos? Because chaos threatens survival & nobody wants to die. We have enough brain power to understand that we are nothing but hormones & cells. But we forget something just like hormones ( which can be measured) we have feelings (which can’t be measured) by any technology.
You can read a person’s mind, genetical make up & DNA, but you can’t feel exactly what he/she is feeling.
We may develop Artificial intelligence, Cyborgs, Humanoids, organically Altered humans, but we will never know for sure why rocks can’t move or think on its own or write books & make rockets like us.
The Irony is that the mind is itself proof that the very thing we use to understand things cannot be understood completely. It is the beginning & end of our words. The mind wanders everywhere despite not existing in scientific terms.
The Buddha says depression is living in the past & anxiety is living in the future. Science says it is an imbalance of hormones & an overactive Amygdala . when will we have an accurate understanding on how the mind came to be what it is why despite not knowing a single word we evolved to learn sounds in the form of words & communicate it to others.
There is intelligent design in everything about us. Is it because of our Brilliant Mind? Only if we could understand our brain, let alone understand our mind. But then we would too simple to not understand our brain had our brain been simple enough for us to understand. The same Buddha says to us that the mind is like a man standing on the seashore wanting to stop the waves that come in from crashing & wanting the waves that come in from crashing & wanting the waves that leave from going back. The simplest thing we could do is to let it go & not play the intuitive game. A point very counter intuitive game. A point very counter intuitive from a man world famous or speaking the truth. The Buddha says stop wanting pleasure in deed and in thought & pleasure will come to you. Well isn’t that wanting pleasure in the first place? But it works. It is only when you want something that there is a void. The void called sadness. But I do not agree to this type of thinking although. I pretty much agree to everything else that Buddha says. For me he is the greatest spiritual mind to have ever existed.
I want to show & feel emotions, for that is what makes me human & will wildly hold on to everything human in me. We are the spokesperson of all living beings. We are all the one who woke up some partially & some very very few who woke up fully. I do not care for what I may look like as long as I am being myself i.e a kind & considerate human being who is happy just to have existed as a human who can communicate human extensively. We are remembered for what we do, but more than that even those who do things are those who feel like doing it. We are definitely not some hormones or some blips on a test. We are who we are.
Because when we encounter a stranger who has gone about pulling knife on everyone, we transport him to a mental as ylum who diagnoses him as a hormonally imbalanced person, a lunatic. But when the some psychiatrist goes back home & says I love you to his wife, doesn’t even think for a second that its because of the dopamine. The mind is like a champion chess player playing on a chess board and with a trillion squares & billion set pieces. We are blind to the things we cannot come up with. Even a single person can illuminate the whole kind if they come up with some thing new. We are like a child playing on the seashore while the vast ocean of knowledge lay before us. Some are wise enough to know it some have trouble understanding & accepting that the earth is round. We will learn more if we take emotions into account. The idea that emotions & logic are different is an outdated one. What is essential is to understand that there was an emotional brain much long before a rational one.
We are the spokesperson of conscience & conscience is the spokesperson of the mind.
We didn’t receive or create consciousness. Consciousness created US.