Sunday, September 13, 2009

Two Emotional

There is a theory, perhaps a philosophy, which says that there are only two emotions: Fear and Love. Everything else falls under one of those two emotions.

So why is this important? It is important because if we can recognize our negative or “fear driven” emotions, we might be able to do something about them. When we control our emotions, we control our lives. Of course we may not always have control over what happens in our lives, but we can control how we feel or respond to what happens.

Recognizing our emotions is relevant to every aspect of our lives. How we feel about our relationships, money, politics, health, work, prejudices, and more are all determined by whether we are coming from a place of love or fear.

Racism and prejudice are driven by fear. That a person looks different is the cause of that fear. Being different makes them ‘unknown’ and we are always, or at least often, afraid of that which we don’t know. Once we get to know someone who looks different, that fear and our prejudice goes away. Fear of the unknown is a most basic and primal fear. But we are humans and can reason and rationalize and overcome our fears….and our prejudices.

Using a wheelchair makes me different and I experience a kind of fear and prejudice when I go out in public. I often make it a point to be particularly friendly in order to help others overcome their fears. Once that is done, they can treat me with love and don’t we all deserve that?

Fear based emotions rarely do us or anyone any good. These include hate, prejudice, distrust, doubt, pessimism, disgust and more. Love based emotions would be just the opposite; love, acceptance, trust, confidence, optimism, respect, etc.

Being able to recognize our emotions and fears gives us the opportunity to examine our feelings and ask ourselves “What are we afraid of?” If we can do that, we might not only be able to change how we feel, we just might change the world.

Participate. Make a difference. Live a life that matters.


  1. Hi Michael,
    This is such a good topic. There is so much to say, and then more to say after that. It's sad how we -- that is, people -- fear what we do not know or understand. So much that is unknown can be delightful. Sorry. I'll stop preaching now.

    You do participate in such a positive way, you are changing the world. Don't let the bad guys get you down, and let me know when you have finished the job. I want to thank you.

  2. Hi Michael,

    I love this blog post...I've loved all I've read from you so far but I'm reading this one after I recently posted my blog on fear so it particularly hits home. Your blog addresses a different side of fear that I didn't talk about but that is so relevant and so insightful that I am going to link it on my blog for my readers to see, too.

    Thank you Michael, i look forward to reading more from you.