There has been a large focus on mental health this year for good reason.
Yesterday, our artist NoMBe posted the following message revealing the definition of emotion on his instagram story:
“If you’re feeling low, just today or in general, keep in mind that no feeling – good or bad – is permanent. Singular emotions have a shelf life and are never here to stay. You are not your emotions.
‘Emotion’ comes from the latin verb emovere and literally means ‘to move/pass through’.
There’s no need to fight emotions, but rest assured that they represent only a fraction of reality.
Social media is tricky. I think it’s awesome don’t get me wrong, but our generation is constantly confronted with the success and perceived happiness of others. There is a lot of emphasis on ‘happiness’ based on benchmarks as opposed to contentment in simply existing.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy fully or cry hard, but they shouldn’t dictate who YOU are or will be.
Sooo… if you agree that you aren’t your emotions (especially considering they fluctuate even with your nutrition and chemical balance) then it only makes sense to see them objectively and practice detachment. Good and bad.”
Humans have a profound ability based on our neurological structure to imitate each other, which we do throughout our entire lives.
At its best, imitation allows us to learn from each other.
At its worst, we actually imitate each other’s desires, also known as mimetic desire, a term coined by a philosopher by the name of Rene Girard.
What Rene realized was that all of our desires stem from the understanding we have of our surroundings by seeing what others “have”.
In other words, we may desire something simply because another person has it, whether its their family values or a house.
Not all desires are bad. However, we as humans desire many of the same things, but we all can’t have the same things. Therefore, it is the theory of mimetic desire in each of us that can lead to self doubt, classism, and even war.
Social media exacerbates these desires. So what can we do about them? Similar to the definition of emotion, we can recognize them for what they are… Simply a passing moment and nothing more.