OVERVIEW OF EMOTIONS
Throughout the Animal Kingdom, Emotions’ original purpose was, and remains, to supply the forceful physical energy for such animalistic instincts as Feeding, Fight, Flight, and Mating. For this reason (among others), Very Ancient Africans made Instincts the storyline theme of Emotions. Based upon conclusions from using their Subjective Science (Observation, Reflection, “Pure” Feelings, Productive Imagination, Contemplation, Inductive/Deductive Inferences, Common Sense), they said Instincts express God’s Will for operating the Divine Cosmic Plan. Instincts naturalness at an animal’s birth, as in automatically orchestrating vital organ functions, makes them Metaphysically “Wild”. Such is estimated to have appeared in the reptilian era of c300 million BC. Evolving from one-cell organisms’ diffuse reflex nervous system reactions arose the: (a) the Ancient (Reptilian) Brain–which evolved into (b) the Limbic (emotional) in the early mammalian era (c200 million BC)–and which were “Seeds” for new mammalian era (c65 million BC) Emotional additions. Creatures with these types of brains were driven only by Instinct, simply focusing on the “here and now.” Progressive Emotional refinements in Mammals started even prior to 7 million years ago when a single ancestral ape gave rise to both chimpanzees and Hominids (ancestors of human beings). The Earth appearance of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (humans) c200,000 years ago, in the area of Ethiopia’s Afar, was associated with their rapidly evolving intellectual faculties in order to handle problems of daily living. As true with today’s humans, Primitive Africans’ Right Brains no doubt dominated daily living activities in realms of the artistic, intuitive, spontaneous, imaginative, emotional, flowing in its patterns, and playful–recognizing and distinguishing shapes + fragmented shapes (crucial to creativity), without being fooled by unimportant differences—and thinking in images involving memory. Although the Right Brain possesses the creativity to bridge informational gaps, the Left Brain is needed to grasp a good idea when it appears and logically work out the problems it presents.
In Primitive Africans’ maneuvers through an uncharted “wild” World, Emotional ‘big pictures’ were best suited for orchestrating what a given human thought, felt, expressed, and did. Gradually, over time their situations expanded to embrace the need for intellect—a need stimulating development of their Neo-Cortex (Rational) Brain—a need spurred onward by their widening scope of considerations for survival—a need concerning itself with the future, requiring Left Brain and Frontal Lobe reasoning. Meanwhile, their Emotional ‘big picture’ view expanded to the point of necessitating a broad separation into Natural (God-made for Nature) and Supernatural (human-made) categories–both powered by “Desiring”/“Wishing” for things “For me” as well as for preventing things “Against me”. Yet, Supernatural Emotions are always at Lower (animal spirit) Self levels–i.e. controlled by and invariably acting to serve excitement and the Sensual (i.e. the “flesh”).
Today, the subject of Emotions has been hopelessly confused by Europeans. To this end Reber’s Dictionary of Psychology says: “Historically this term has proven utterly refractory to definitional efforts; probably no other term in psychology shares its non-definability with its frequency of use.” Contributing to this problem, I believe, is Europeans failure to be aware of how Ancient Africans defined the term because all aspects of it are important. Also, part of the Confusion is Europeans disregarding what Very Ancient Africans said in their metaphorical writings because it seemed like made-up mythology. Or, by contrast, they accepted the metaphors as facts when they borrowed its concepts out of the Ancient African Bible in order to write their European Bible. What is vital to understand in getting and staying on the right path of what Emotions are is to realize African Tradition’s role in explaining the supreme thinking of African Sages in terms of Figures of Communications (e.g. Metaphors). Its Affect Symbolic Imagery equates unlike things via a concept transfer of one sense into another sense whereby the something different consists of the same essence as the original. Such enhances African people’s ability to grasp pertinent principles for application to their lives. Despite being Supernatural, Spiritual Metaphors are tools to discover alternate ways to the “What it is” of a thing–i.e. its true Knowledge which requires the greatest work. jabaileymd.com