Another Opinion Post
Posted by Jeff Id on February 23, 2014
I heard a radio host in Kalamazoo, comment on a letter written in by a listener on emotion and opinions. The idea was that emotions and opinions cannot be wrong and at least the emotion can’t-be-wrong claim is a common thread in human culture and one of my apparenlty numerous pet-peeves. First, emotions are chemical and electrical reactions to lifes inputs. We have little control over them but we can control them. For example it is quite possible to be angry about something we shouldn’t be. Say there is an individual who vociferously describes an opinion on a scientific matter that goes against basic scientific observation, sometimes that makes me angry. Is that anger right or is it wrong? One could step back and observe that the individual making the false claim is not at fault for lacking the mental faculties to parse the nature of the issues and change the emotion. Either way, anger, really doesn’t make sense in those sorts of cases, yet I do get grumpy about incorrect statements. It seems like the emotion ‘anger’ is wrong in this situation, although it is a mild example.
What if someone gets so emotional about some non-threatening issue, they murder or commit extreme violence? I think those situations are extreme examples of ‘wrong’ emotion. Or what if someone is diagnosed with some form of psychosis and emotions are seemingly coming at random. I would say from examples like that are clear examples of emotion being ‘wrong’. Yet somewhere along the way, the hubris of mankind has resulted in a popular culture defininition for our emotions as something that cannot be wrong. Somehow, unless we are full-on psychotic, our emotions are infallable. When put that way, I get angry at those who spout such obvious untruths regarding emotion.. :D
Joking asiade, this radio host was hollering amen’s and thank-yous after reading a letter which in paraphrase claimed that not only emotion, but opinion cannot be wrong. In my “opinion” the host and the writer are both wrong, so someone in our group of opinion holders must by definition be wrong. To me this whole concept of any form of belief-based infallability is another symptom of our mentally self-pleasuring progressive culture. The excited host presented the issue so strongly that it left me thinking that infallability of opinion is the next frontier for the only slightly less ignorant concept that emotion cannot be wrong. I hope our progressive cancer isn’t going in that direction, it literally seems impossible to deny reality to the level we already do in society so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised.