WHAT IS AN EMOTION? (1)
An Emotion (‘move out’) is ones Sensory Consciousness awareness of an attribute of a Trigger Caused entity spurring one to move out of ones mind. An Attribute is a Contingent Primary Quality (i.e. does not exist independently) of an entity which can be isolated only conceptually for the purpose of identification. Yet, it carries an impactful ‘payload’ activating something good or bad in the “Heart” of one(s) touched by it. Emotions, Essence, Ultimate, Musical Notes, Symbols, and Dance are a Species of Primary Qualities—i.e. a Family of ‘like-kind’ realities, differing a great deal among themselves in appearance, but yet are very closely related in the nature of their Essence (i.e. their “What it is”). When the essence of a “Thing” in any Species evolves, it becomes entwined in the Cosmic Ether. Since Ancient Africans considered Ether (the primary life-force) to be spiritual and equivalent to the Cosmic Psyche or “Soul,” it was called Quality so as to avoid confusing it with the Soul and Mind of humans. When Ether was the Cause of the mental conception of a Thing (because the Thing is invested in at least flimsy Matter, like an idea in ones mind) and/or when Ether was the Cause of the existence of a Thing (like a Halo in the Spiritual Realm—or like taste, smell, hearing, and touch feeling in Secular realms) it was termed a Primary Quality. If the Ether was just simply a supporting part of the conception or existence of something (e.g. color) already in “Being-hood,” it was a Secondary Quality. On the one hand, a Tangible “Thing” has a “What it is” aspect because it possesses a “Virtual” Form-Body, despite it lacking boundaries. On the other hand, “That it is” refers to any Primary Quality (e.g. Emotional) in any category because that Thing’s essence lacks a Form-Body. A “That it is” points to the “Thing’s” specificity, individuality, and ‘here/now-ness’.
A first and natural display of the human mind’s activity upon acquiring the “raw materials” of a Trigger Cause is called a Percept—i.e. hazy and disorganized patterns of sensations which make one aware of something good or bad. The Source (first and continuous supply furnisher of all the ways received “raw materials” can manifest themselves) supplying the attribute as the “raw material” is in a Percept state. A Percept possesses electromagnetic attractions which, in turn, may call forth certain Apperceptions–like Memory Images and/or similar Emotional Reactions—which arrange themselves in some form. Of course no one knows what an Emotion looks like and yet it is a Fun challenge for me to fancifully devise possible images of it. My choice is to say an Emotion resembles invisible “Lint”. Its daily living counterpart is visible accumulations of such materials as cotton, linen, and wool—each consisting of numerous, very short fibers in a static clinging Glob (sticky ball) state. Lint is composed of threads of all colors, which blend hues and may appear to be a uniform grey or “yellow”—depending upon if one is in a bad or a good mood. Just as other small fibers or particles also accumulate with these clothing fibers (e.g. human and animal hair, skin cells, plant fibers, pollen, dust, and microorganisms), so do Apperceptions (like-kind things of the same Species drawn from Memory) join the invisible lint in specific arrangements and combinations to design an Emotion. In spite of the Lint appearance of an Emotion not being true, it works in helping me categorize Emotions.
Components of “Lint” imply an Emotion consists of a number of extremely complex entities that are a synthesis of different components and a “salad” of other of those components—mixed like shuffling and dealing a pack of cards into different arrangements and combinations. Such components include: (1) subjective experiences; (2) involuntary and/or voluntary expressive behaviors; (3) neurochemical processes; and (4) physiological-biochemical processes. My research indicates there are five basic Emotions: Fear, Rage, Emotion Pain (sometimes combined with Spiritual Pain—the worst a human can have), Depression (in the Fright sense), and Pleasure. Some of these under certain circumstances have a Congenital (at birth) Presentation; the rest as Congenital Tarda (appearing shortly after birth). Still, both types are “Pure”. The varied after-birth contents of “Lint” added as a snowball to a pure Emotion can be split away to form like-kind Acquired ‘Secondary” Emotions—and off them, “Tertiary” Acquired Emotions. A few are Instincts but most are combinations of the basic Emotions diluted and polluted with Acquired Emotions. jabaileymd.com