Friday, July 21, 2017

Logos, Ethos and Pathos

When you experience a combination of emotions that causes you to laugh and cry at the same time, that is no logos (logic, mental), it is not ethos (ethics, morality). What is it? It is called pathos. Pathos is where you feel happy and sad at the same time and if you want to observe this phenomenon, if you have not already experienced it in yourself and others, you can see it most poignantly in the films of Charlie Chaplin. Watch his films like The Kid or City Lights.

Why is pathos important? Experiencing pathos reminds humans that emotions and their attendant feelings are not one-dimensional action requiring programs. Pathos shows that human beings can and do experience more than one emotion and feeling at the same time. This also proves we human beings are multi-dimensional. Different emotions come from different dimensions in that sadness vibrates on a lower dimensional frequency than happiness. See what I mean?

When you experience anger, hate, judgementalness, intolerance, control, need for approval, jealousy, frustration, resentment and other emotions like these, while they do tell you something about your state of being and require you to take some action to alleviate them (always with the desire to uplift and not destroy), they are lower echelon vibrations that keep you in darkness, that suck the Light and Love out of you, that contract your being, your soul.

Having conflicting emotions is a normal aspect of being human. It can, however, be confusing and leave one in a ambivalent and confused state of mind. The best way, from my experience, to deal with conflicting emotions is to feel them, acknowledge them, face them and let them run through you. Don't suppress or repress them as they will store themselves in your body and over time, will cause imbalance and ultimately, disease in your mental, emotional and physical bodies.

So when you are feeling pathos, when you are laughing and crying at the same time, have conflicting emotions, understand that this is your humanness at work. It is not the time for self-deprecation. It is the time to tell yourself that you are human and pay attention to what the emotions and feelings are telling you. Remember that emotions are action requiring programs. You must work on understanding why you feel conflicted and take the necessary action(s) to alleviate your state of being in a positive and constructive manner for yourself and others. Let them teach, not destroy.

Pathos is meant to be constructive. We need pathos to remain ultimately human.

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