By Carla Marzagão*
We are emotional human beings, regulated by all kinds of feelings which may vary from heavenly peace to the vilest cruelty. These feelings, be them pure or vile, are inside each one of us. However, for convenience purpose, in order for us to stay in a group, we make rules of emotional constraint for shaping the improper individual behavior into a proper collective one.
Thus, we have, at the beginning of human groupings, man already establishing power and domination relations among themselves, creating social divisions from guiding criteria and concepts like wealth, status, religion, color and so forth. This way culture and traditions are born.
Over them take hold the pre-established conformative concepts and power forms. From the collective emotional constraint all individual crises, conflicts, inadequacies and frustrations come up. If, in one hand, we are essentially emotional, on the other we build an individual rationality regulated by a major reason – the group’s reason.
The same conceptual diversity which makes us to have our own belief, our own truth and our own justice, and to become greater as human beings, when absorbed by social reason, it makes us small and servants of everything we created.
As if turning over themselves, collective emotions strengthen domination forms of one group over the other. The original guiding concepts become intense social movements – traditionalist or fundamentalist, emotionally exacerbated.
The conflicts come up, rise up and end up with the vanishing of one or other group. This cycle may determine as much the beginning and the fading of one civilization’s intrinsical social groups as the beginning and the death of an extrinsical social group, considering, as such, civilization itself.
It is implied, then, a question specifically inherent to human psiqué: emotional hypotrophy.
If we consider our own emotionality, in analogy to the evolutionist scale, it would be, keeping the due merits, like a Neanderthal. However, this is not about reformulating a control paradigm, but about searching an effective way of human emotional development. This is the crucial point, the imperative focus.
*Attorney at law, teacher, writer, songwriter – http://verocomobrisa.blogspot.com
(Versão do português por José Ramos de Almeida