“The limbic system is the portion of the brain that deals with three key functions: emotions, memories and arousal (or stimulation). The thalamus is located within the brainstem and is part of the pathway of information into the cerebrum, which is the section of the brain that is responsible for thinking and movement.”
What makes man different from an animal? What made us conquer the world and establish an empire? The ability to communicate and think. Our brains are much more advanced than other animals. We discovered power. Consequently- we established kingdoms. It was astonishing to see how our species had solely with its thinking skills taken over the Earth.
But the bad side: We discovered power, we lost control of it as well. The worst side of mankind is seen in an orchestra of chaos and anarchy-War. Although owing to our amazing thinking skills we knew the consequences of wars-but that did’t change our minds. we went on to battle- and for what? Petty emotions. Every war is born out of the same emotions- Anger, Jealousy,Hatred, and the Greed and hunger for power. Why didn’t our super intelligent thought process talk us out of that? Weren’t we the species which were the torch bearers of Brain Power?
Our heart doesn’t control our emotions. (For a broader perspective read- Love the Mind, not the Heart! )
So what does? The Limbic System which was described in the beginning is the mastermind, the birthplace of all emotions. The Limbic System is to blame For every war that took place on planet Earth, For every emperor who was too busy finding love rather than running his empire, For every dictator who thought he could establish world power and For every man who decided to pull the trigger.
We possess the most highly evolved brains on the Earth- carefully kept in an equally advanced body system all gone to waste because of one peanut sized architect of emotions- the Limbic System. Placed in the Hypothalamus- it controls everything. From the smile on your face to the molecules that trigger the tear duct- every emotion you’ve ever felt in your lifetime. It’s illogical- despite having a commendable thought process- we fall prey to emotions. But it is the truth.
Many people say that emotions are equally important for human life and essential for its existence but to be practical- it is the dream to be emotionless. Everyone wishes to be more robotic and less humane simply because its more efficient. One could achieve so much more in a lifetime. Moreover, the Limbic System is a symbol of attachment. It is basically ensuring that you cling on to people and memories that you know aren’t forever.
Couldn’t there something which could remove the Limbic System as a whole ?Unfortunately that seems like something only Rick Sanchez can invent! As a writer, emotions are what I feed on and without them I’d have nothing to write about. Is the dream to control your feelings fulfilled when you channel them in a creative direction so nothing remains with you?
It all adds up to a simple perspective. Feel your life, because your mind is going to force you into doing it anyway. Stop chasing the mirage of becoming emotionless because it is anatomically impossible. For me, the knowledge of your emotions alone being your biggest arch enemy doesn’t make them any stronger. Maybe this is really as essential feature of being a human being. Don’t worry about your feelings getting to your head, they’re born there anyway! Enjoy them as they come and go, they are your very own and an important part of your existence.
Emotions make us humans, denying them makes us beasts. -Victoria Klein.