Human Emotions and Values

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This article discusses the relationship between human emotions and value, and religion.

The First Amerndment of the United States Constitution protects religion.But, how do we define religion?Does anything go?I argue that there are three stages of  emotions and related values which can be used as a test to distinguish an authentic religion from a satanic cult or witch's coven.The Emotions are as follows:

3.  Higher  Emotions

2.  Ordinary Emotions

1.  Base Emotions

Base emotions are what you might expect:  greed, lust,  jealousy, envy, sloth, selfishness,  selfish love, hate, avarice etc.Ordindary emotions are: courage, friendship love, romantic love, fortitude, loyalty, will, justice (see the cardinal virtues). Then, there are the Higher emotions.   The  Higher emotions include:  sacrificial love, unconditional love, etc.   Now, the foregoing emotions, and others, are ordered toward ethical values and actions, such as:  Base values and actions:include: murder, rape, theft, lying, and a host of other crimes which are malum en se, not  just malum prohibitum..   Next, there are the values and actions associated with Ordinary Emotions:Ordinary values and actions, include:conformity to a good authority, being on time, not lying, not stealing, being polite, etc.Finally, there are Higher values and actions, which include: helping a stranger in need,  saving another person's life while risking your own,  stopping a rape, at your own risk,  supporting the Good even thought you may be punished for it, feeding the poor and the hungry, etc.

Now, all of the foregoing provides three tests for whether or not a particular religion is a religion for purposes of  First Amendment Protection:A religion which employs and promotes Higher emotions, values and Ordinary values, as well as Higher and Ordinary actions deserves First Amendment protection, while a religion which promotes Base emotions, values and actions,  and rejects Higher and Ordinary emotions, values, and actions, is a cult, not an authentic religion, and does not deserve  First Amendment protection.


Submitted: April 14, 2016

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