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  1. Emotions Are What Allow Us To Experience The Value: There was a skeptical neuroscientist I had a discussion with and I wish to point out one thing he said: Quote:The Emotional Viewpoint allows us to perceive good value, but by itself, it is insufficient to allow us to experience that good value. Let me break it down: Emotional Viewpoint allows us to perceive good value, but not experience good value. The EVP is the rational analysis of value, simply the logical voice that integrates information about a person, object, idea, or event, then quantifies its value as good, bad, or neutral. But our BEs have their own value judgments. We cannot solely rely on these types of value judgments lest we cause harm and wrongdoing to ourselves and/or others. Biochemical Emotions allow us to both perceive good value and experience good value. The BEs are the visceral feelings of value, the sensory apparatus by which we interact with a person, object, idea, or even, then quantify its value as good, bad, or neutral. Does that make sense? This is why either one by itself cannot provide true happiness. Simply thinking, "This has good value," does not allow you to experience its good value. At the same time, experiencing what the BEs decide is good value (without the EVP) can be dangerous to us. We need both "voices." Our BEs are precious, priceless, and irreplaceable. They are what makes us human. Now that I have quoted this out to you, positive emotions are what allow us to experience only the good values of life and negative emotions are what allow us to experience only the bad values of life. But here's the catch. In order to see colors, you need to experience them. If you are not experiencing any colors or if you are not experiencing any physical pain, hunger, or thirst, then you have no real colors or any real physical pain, hunger, or thirst in your life. It is only during those moments where you experience colors, physical pain, hunger, and thirst that you have colors, physical pain, hunger, and thirst in your life. In that same sense, as long as you are an unhappy and miserable person who is not experiencing any of the good value, joy, and beauty of this life through your positive emotions, then this means you cannot have any beautiful, joyful, and good moment in your life. Therefore, this is the very reason why the only way to perceive value in your life is to experience it. Experiencing the value is literally the most profound and powerful thing. It is everything to our human existence. Since rational value judgments/intellect cannot allow us to experience any value, then this must mean that emotions are truly everything to our lives. Emotions themselves have to be the only real source of value to our lives. You should never leave out the experience of the individual since it is the most profound and powerful thing. To do so would render the individual just focusing on ideas and concepts (i.e. just focusing on his/her rational value judgments) rather than his/her inner experience. This individual would just be focusing on external things rather than his/her inner experience. After all, it's what's on the inside that truly counts and matters. Now, I realize that my view would place no importance whatsoever upon things such as going to a job even if we did not feel up to it, being there for our families even during our unhappy moments, etc. In other words, my worldview places no importance whatsoever upon the rational/intellectual value judgments. Nonetheless, I would still force myself to do something that would save my life or the lives of others even if I could not feel up to it since I am not a stupid person. However, if I had to live most or my entire life like this where I just had to force myself to do things while struggling with a life of depression, then that is no way to live or be an artist. I realize that positive emotions are very fleeting things and that there are many factors out there that can take them away, but it is all we got as human beings to make our lives something good and beautiful. One last thing here. I have had nightmares where I had the most horrendous emotional states unlike anything I could ever experience in my waking life. The crippled nightmare states being the absolute worst of them all. These types of nightmares have profoundly impacted me. But I also had nightmares which consisted only of gruesome imagery, but no negative emotions. These types of nightmares had no impact whatsoever upon me and I have woken up from them as though they were nothing. In the former types of nightmares, I was truly experiencing the horror and I was experiencing something truly horrible on a whole new level. That's why I was profoundly impacted by these types of nightmares. But I could not experience anything horrible with the latter nightmares which is why they did not impact me. If we live in a spiritual universe where god, the soul, paranormal, etc. exist, then I would have been experiencing demonic and horrible spiritual energies or life forces in these nightmares. Positive emotions would be a heavenly, transcended, beautiful, god-like spiritual energy or life force that I would be experiencing in any blissful dream and negative emotions would be a dark, horrible, and demonic spiritual energy that I would be experiencing in my nightmares. But in a purely naturalistic universe where there is no god, soul, paranormal, or afterlife, then I would just simply be experiencing something beautiful or something horrible. Going back to those nightmares I've had, that is the reason why rational and intellectual value judgments themselves are nothing to our lives since they have no impact whatsoever upon us as human beings. People who claim that emotions have no impact upon them are just people who have power and control over their emotions. They have power over how they react to them. However, they are still experiencing the horror, joy, good value, and beauty of this life through these emotions anyway and it still doesn't change the fact that it can only be our emotions that give the real perceived value to our lives. As for people who claim that rational and intellectual value judgments have had a profound impact upon them as human beings, they are just reacting to them, but they are not actually having any real value in their lives since they are not experiencing any of that value through their intellect. Intellect sends the emotional signal to our brains and it is through our emotions that we have the real value to our lives. But intellect independent of our emotions is nothing to our lives.
  2. Psychologists often divide emotions into two categories: intrinsically positive and intrinsically negative (i.e. feeling good and feeling bad). I have every reason to think this division is true based upon my own personal experience. After all, positive and negative, good and bad, light and darkness is a well known concept in many movies, anime, artwork, etc. Feeling good and feeling bad is an actual quality of good and bad. This means that good and bad are actual qualities like water, food, electricity, etc. That is, they are actual things rather than ideas or concepts. If you are someone who struggled with depression or negative emotions such as feelings of anger, disgust, or sadness where you had little to no positive emotions in your life, then you would be having little to no good value in your life just as how you would be having little to no water. The thought and belief of having water in your life will not give you actual water just as how believing that your life is still good, joyful, beautiful, and worth living during your miserable moments or other negative emotional states would not bring your life any of those things either. Sadly, this means that all those famous and genius miserable artists and composers had little to no good value in their lives regardless of what they believed otherwise. Their lives and artistic endeavors were virtually meaningless and empty even though they were deluded otherwise. So, with all of this being said, positive and negative emotions, also known as pleasant and unpleasant emotions, are intrinsically good and bad. Beliefs and mindsets themselves are not the same thing as emotions because, if you were in the most miserable state of your life and you believed that you were in a positive emotional state such as feeling joyful and excited about a certain idea such as going to the carnival, then you wouldn't be. It would just be the thought of being excited and joyful, but no real excitement and joy. Our positive and negative emotions would be like our own inner light and inner darkness. It is the inner light we need to truly make our lives and artistic endeavors good and beautiful and it is the darkness we should avoid since that can only make our lives bad and . This means that the only way to live and be an artist is through positive emotions. To conclude this packet, I will point out something interesting here. Emotions themselves are actual value judgments. Here is a response from a skeptic/neuroscientist which supports this: Therefore, since our positive emotions are always emotional value judgments of good value and our negative emotions always being emotional value judgments of bad value, since emotions themselves are actual qualities (things that exist such as water, food, electricity, etc.), then positive emotions would have to be a quality of good and negative emotions would have to be a quality of bad. This means that the only way to live the most beautiful, good, and worthwhile life would be if you were in the most profound, intense state of euphoria of your life and the only worst life you can live would be if you were in the most profoundly horrible negative emotional state of your life. Unfortunately, moments of euphoria are very brief and fleeting which means that your life can only be the greatest for you in brief, fleeting moments. Other Person's Response: Could you give me an example of people who think that their positive emotions are the inner light to their lives as you claim? My Reply: There are many people out there who struggle with depression. Many hate their lives and they just want to die. They say that having a positive mindset does nothing for them. This supports my worldview quite well because these depressed people are only expressing the truth here. They are merely expressing the need for the inner light back into their lives again. Many people out there don't realize this truth. Depressed people simply come to the aid of therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals who help change their thinking and work on certain therapeutic methods when, in reality, none of these things were the issue. What really needs to be done for these depressed folks is to somehow find a way to restore their positive emotions. I realize that antidepressants are one method. But something more needs to be done here since our positive emotions are truly the only things we have to make our lives good and worth living for. I don't care if anything I say offends or upsets you. The truth is the truth and it needs to be shared. I, myself, have struggled 10 whole years with the worst misery of my life induced by emotional traumas and obsessive thinking and it is time I shared the truth of my personal experience to the world.
  3. I would like to share to you my own personal religion that my depressive struggles has led me to. You don't have to agree with my religion if you don't want to. I just wish to share and express it: I am undecided when it comes to the existence of god, the paranormal, the soul, and the afterlife. But I keep an open mind to these things and I really hope the eternal blissful afterlife of my dreams exists since this would literally be the greatest and most profound life to me since it would offer me the greatest and most profound degree of my inner light. I am here in this life to be happy and to enjoy my life. Thus, it would be quite unfortunate if I just died and that is it. Especially after all the horrible misery I have struggled through in my life. It would be quite unfortunate for all of us. But like I was saying, if we do live in a spiritual universe where the soul, god, and the afterlife exists, then god's holy light energy would literally be a quality of pure goodness, love, joy, happiness, and beauty within our conscious being. After all, that is what the light energy of god is. It is literal goodness, love, joy, happiness, and beauty itself. Many people deny the existence of an actual quality of good and bad since most people think that good and bad are instead concepts or ideas. That is, nothing but words. But I think good and bad are something much more profound and powerful than that. I think they go beyond words. I think that having good and bad value in our lives is something that goes beyond words. That is, I think it is an actual quality rather than just a mere idea going through our minds. Good would have to be an actual quality like water. So, in order to have good value in your life, then that would be no different than needing actual water rather than just believing you have water in your life when you don't. But continuing on here. God's light energy of pure goodness within us would actually be our positive emotions rather than that of a saved sinner repenting to Jesus lest he be cast eternally into a lake of fire. In other words, us being happy, having fun, and enjoying our lives is the light energy of god we need in our lives to truly make our lives good, beautiful, and worth living for. Without his holy light, then our lives are empty. It would be like being deprived of the sacred water of pure goodness in our lives. That, or we would be filled with spiritual darkness of pure badness, hate, misery, and despair. Now, if we are living in a purely naturalistic/secular universe where the soul, god, and the afterlife do not exist, then everything I have said would still apply. In other words, our positive emotions would still be the quality of goodness we need in our lives. But, this time, there would be no god, afterlife, or soul attached. This would even mean that atheists and skeptics, if this is truly the one and only life we have to live, cannot live good lives through the helping of others, self sacrifice, and making the world a better place as long as they were not happy, having fun, and enjoying doing so. Lastly, I would call my worldview New Age Hedonism since it combines new age spiritual concepts with hedonism. New age spirituality is the idea of a god who would never condemn us to an eternal hell. This would be a truly all loving god who just wants us to be happy. Although, there are dark spiritual forces in this universe such as bad karma that takes away the inner light we need in our lives. So, it is up to us to avoid these dark forces and be as happy as possible. One of these dark forces would obviously be having a depressive mental illness. As long as you are someone who struggles with depression, then your life and conscious being is devoid of god's inner holy light and you would either have a very small degree of his light or none of his light at all. Thus, your life would have little to no good value. My own personal struggles with depression and misery in my life has led me to this worldview. It would be my own personal created religion.
  4. Is a life free of depression the only good and worthwhile life to live?

    I metaphorically described the positive and negative qualities as being the inner light and the inner darkness. The inner light and the inner darkness is a well known metaphor presented in many movies, anime, and t.v. shows. Without the inner light, then we could have nothing but the inner darkness or neither light nor darkness. So, I think you are wrong here. We all need the inner light to make our lives truly good and beautiful. Otherwise, it is truly no way to live or be an artist. This is a metaphor for life itself. Just because the positive quality is literally depicted as an inner angelic or heavenly light does not dismiss the message that these anime are conveying. They are conveying that we need the inner positive quality in our lives. Otherwise, our lives would be empty. I am not necessarily saying that she is delusional. She could have another form of this inner positive quality as I said before. But, based upon my own personal experience, my positive emotions are my only inner light.
  5. Is a life free of depression the only good and worthwhile life to live?

    She would have to be delusional then. That, or the positive and negative qualities have taken on a different form for her besides her positive emotions (happiness) and negative emotions. But I doubt that based upon my own personal experience. My life (conscious/mental reality) was literally the worst hell and completely devoid of any real good value, joy, worth, and beauty during those miserable/hopeless moments. Therefore, I think positive and negative emotions truly are the only real positive and negative qualities and that people are just deluding themselves otherwise.
  6. The Only Way To Live And Be An Inspired Figure/Artist Is Through Positive Emotions (i.e. Hedonism) Note to Reader: This is a summarized version of my book. It is my best summary of them all. People might have many objections to this summary which is the reason why I have written an entire book on this to address these objections. My book, which is 50 pages long, fully explains my personal experience in depth and explains the concept of the inner light (the positive quality we all need to make our lives good and worth living which, I am very doubtful, can take on a form besides our positive emotions). Basically, my book explains everything you need to know. So, that is why you shouldn't just jump to the conclusion that I am talking nonsense or anything of the sort since objections such as these might have already been addressed in my book. One last thing here. I am firmly convinced of my worldview based upon my own personal experience and I don't think there is any way to convince me otherwise. This is because there is no possible way I can understand how a life without the inner light can truly be a good and worthwhile life to live. One last thing here. Many people might get the idea that I am someone selfish, weak, cowardly, spoiled, childish, etc. since my positive emotions are the only things that give my life good value and worth. It has nothing to do with that. Rather, it is a huge misconception these people would be having of me which is the very reason why I have written this packet and my book. The fact is, we all need the inner light in our lives to give our lives real good value and worth. It has nothing to do with being selfish, childish, or anything of the sort. Humanity, if they haven't already, needs to be awakened to the inner light rather than pretending it does not exist. Lastly, please read the Q&A section of this packet as well since it will also address any objections you have. Summary Of My Philosophy/Worldview Many people would tell you that, if you want your life to have good value, joy, beauty, love, and worth, to have a positive mindset where you believe that your life is good, beautiful, joyful, loving, and worth living. But it was never about the mindsets (our ways of thinking) themselves because they, themselves, do not actually give our lives any real good value, bad value, or worth. This is because having a positive or negative mindset is not any real positive or negative quality and, thus, no real good or bad value in your life. It would be no different than water. Water is an actual quality and having the belief/mindset that you have it in your life would not give you any real water. In order to have water in your life, then you need actual water. With this being said, what would be the real positive and negative quality? It would be our positive and negative emotions. Positive emotions would be biochemical induced states such as a feeling of excitement or joy from getting a new movie or a feeling of love. Negative emotions would be something such as a feeling of despair, anger, sadness, or misery. Again, mindsets themselves are not the same thing as emotions. If you struggled with depression or misery, then just thinking to yourself that you are having a positive emotional state such as feeling excited to go to the carnival would not give you any real excitement. That is, thinking and believing you are excited is not the same thing as actually being excited. The same idea applies to having good and bad value in our lives. The positive and negative qualities (our positive and negative emotions) would be qualities of good and bad. So, if you wanted your life to have the greatest good value, then you would need to be in the most blissful state of your life. Likewise, if you wanted your life to have the worst value, then you would need to be in the worst negative emotional state of your life. But who would want their lives to be the worst? I know I wouldn't. With all of this being said, even though positive and negative emotions are the only real good and bad in our lives, making wise decisions should still not be dismissed. For example, during my worst miserable moments, I have still chosen to get the help I needed. Likewise, during my most blissful moments, I have chosen to not do anything reckless. I think only stupid people would use this whole idea of our emotions being the real good and bad as a means to do reckless and harmful things to themselves and/or others around them. One last thing here and this is an important question. Isn't everything I have just said here something we already know for a scientific fact? Wouldn't the qualities of good and bad have to be a scientific definition of good and bad? Furthermore, wouldn't this also mean that all those famous and genius artists out there who have struggled with misery, depression, and despair had no real good value, worth, and beauty in their lives through creating their works of art regardless of what they believed otherwise? They would need at least a small degree of positive emotions mixed in with their misery to give them some good values in their lives. If that is so, then positive emotions are the only way to live and they are the only way to be an artist since they are the only things that can truly make our lives and artistic endeavors good, beautiful, and worth living for. My own personal experience supports this quite well. I have struggled for 10 years with the worst misery and hopelessness induced by stressful life events and obsessive thinking. They were the worst negative emotional states of my life. During that whole entire time, not a single moment was any real good value, beauty, joy, or worth in my life regardless of the fact that I believed certain things still had those said values such as the idea of getting the help I needed. After all, me getting the help I needed to regain my positive emotions would certainly be a good and beautiful thing for a hedonist such as myself. But the fact that there was no real good values in my life at all supports this whole idea I've just talked about. But the moment I have fully recovered from such miserable states was the moment all of the good values were, in a way, magically brought back into my life again which supports the idea that there is something more that gives our lives good value than our mindsets. It would have to be the good quality (my positive emotions) being restored back into my life again. It was like I was someone deprived of the sacred water of goodness I needed in my life and personally defining it to be there didn't work for me since it wasn't the real sacred water. It is only once I have fully recovered that this sacred water, metaphorically speaking, has returned back into my life again. It was like there was something blocking the flow of it in my life which created a drought. Recovering was like getting rid of that blockage and, thus, allowing the flow of this sacred water back into my life again. To conclude this portion of my packet, everything I have said in this packet and in my book supports the hedonistic worldview/philosophy. Hedonism is the idea that our positive emotions are the real good to our lives and that our negative emotions are the real bad to our lives. In essence, pursue as much pleasure as you can and avoid as much pain as you can since pleasure is what gives our lives good value and pain is what gives our lives bad value. We can only see the good value in life through pleasure (the positive/good quality mental state) and we can only see the bad value in life through pain (the negative/bad quality mental state). Even so, we should still make wise decisions and choices as I said earlier to bring our lives the greatest pleasure and the least pain. Q&A Section Other Person's Response: Feelings are very important elements of our lives, but isn't it the case that the good or bad value of our lives comes from actions, rather than our feelings? Having an abundance of good feelings (happiness, joy, love...) is much better than having a surfeit of wretchedness and misery. The value of our lives -- as perceived by others, certainly, and ourselves -- is a product of our works. Someone who vegetates in a state of bliss isn't doing anything for anyone else. And someone who feels like death warmed over -- but who also performs service to others -- has a more valuable life -- yes? My Reply: I still don't agree and I will never agree no matter what anyone says. My reasons are as follows. Continue reading this Q&A section which explains why. Other Person's Response: I think your worldview might set up a dangerous model for society. Imagine if your model set up a world where criminals broke into your home and tortured you since it brought them positive emotions and it was the good thing to do, according to your model. Wouldn't that convince you that your worldview is false? My Reply: It still wouldn't. Nothing would convince me otherwise. This is because you don't realize how vital and precious our inner light is. It is truly the only thing there is to life. Don't let that mislead you into thinking that my worldview is false. Things that seem absurd are often times things that are true. Not all models have to be functional to be true. There are, in fact, models out there that are true despite the fact that they seem quite absurd. Certain things in life just work certain ways and that's just that. For example, there are many people who die of illnesses. Just because this is something that really does not work well for us as human beings does not make it untrue. One last thing here. Knowing something is true is the same thing as being convinced it is true because it would make no sense to say that you choose to remain deluded despite knowing the truth. This means that the fact that I am not convinced means that I have not acquired any knowledge of my worldview being false if it really is false. But this knowledge would not take on the form of studying up on values, morals, and ethics because no amount of studying up will ever convince me otherwise. Rather, we are talking a completely different type of knowledge here. This form of knowledge would be personal experience. Based upon my own personal experience, I have come to realize that my positive emotions are the inner light that gives my life real good value, beauty, and worth. Therefore, in order to convince me otherwise, that would require a whole new personal experience that gives my life real good values and not just a matter of thinking good values are there when there isn't. As long as I have no such personal experience in my life, then I will always have this worldview. Personal experience and educating yourself are two entirely different matters. Try convincing someone that his/her personal experience is false. It just won't work. This person's personal experience is so powerful and profound that nothing will convince him/her otherwise. Other Person's Response: "Good" and "bad" are subjective judgments based on personal preference. There was someone on here a little while ago that said she didn't like happiness. It's up to the individual to decide things like good, bad and worth. My Reply: She would have to be delusional then. That, or she actually had a negative emotion on some small level even though she did not realize it. Another possibility would be that the positive and negative qualities have taken on a different form for her besides her positive emotions (happiness) and negative emotions. But I doubt that based upon my own personal experience. My life (conscious/mental reality) was literally the worst hell and completely devoid of any real good value, joy, worth, and beauty during those miserable/hopeless moments. Therefore, I think positive and negative emotions truly are the only real positive and negative qualities and that people are just deluding themselves otherwise. I am not necessarily saying that she is delusional though. She could have another form of this inner positive quality as I said before. But, based upon my own personal experience, my positive emotions are my only inner light. Other Person's Response: Comments regarding the meaningless or worthlessness of life if your "worldview" were true would necessarily be limited to describing your own life's meaningless or worthlessness. My Reply: I metaphorically described the positive and negative qualities as being the inner light and the inner darkness. The inner light and the inner darkness is a well known metaphor presented in many movies, anime, and t.v. shows. Without the inner light, then we could have nothing but the inner darkness or neither light nor darkness. So, I think you are wrong here. We all need the inner light to make our lives truly good and beautiful. Otherwise, it is truly no way to live or be an artist. Other Person's Response: You know it's true when anime says so. Now, where did I leave my tentacles........ My Reply: Again, it is a metaphor for life itself which holds true. Just because the positive quality is literally depicted as an inner angelic light in these anime shows does not dismiss the message that these anime are conveying. They are conveying the message that we all need the inner positive quality in our lives to truly make our lives good and beautiful. So, these anime are actually conveying a realistic message. It would be no different than how anime convey messages of love and friendship through battling mystical beasts or through acquiring mystical powers. I mean, the real message is still there despite the mystical elements. One last thing here. Sure, you might see certain anime characters surrounded by dark aura which indicates the inner darkness and, sure, they might have done kind deeds and whatnot despite that inner darkness. This character might have even believed it to be a good and beautiful thing to perform these kind deeds. But this character would need at least some of the inner light in his/her inner universe to allow him/her to truly perceive it as being a good and beautiful thing to help these people. The darkness would actually be blinding this character from truly seeing the good value and beauty of life and in the helping of others. That is why this character would need at least a little bit of inner light to see a bit through that darkness. Another example would be characters trapped inside a dark void of emptiness and despair. This is a dark void separated from all joy, beauty, and goodness. These characters, while in this void, can believe all they want to that their friends, family, nature, the universe, etc. are still good, beautiful, and worthwhile things. But these characters are still in a state of mind where their lives are completely empty and devoid of any goodness, joy, and beauty. It would be like souls trapped in the realm of darkness. These souls can believe all they want that things are still good and beautiful. But they are trapped in the dark realm and, thus, they have no light to allow them to truly see the goodness, worth, and beauty of those things. Again, all of this is just a metaphor to get my point across. It still gives an accurate representation of reality. If you want an analogy/metaphor that is based on reality, then I will give it to you. It would be like you are in a pitch black cave. You can believe all you want to that there is gold inside that cave. But you need some light to see that gold. The more light you have, the more the gold shines. The less light you have, the less this gold shines. That is, the more light you have, the more you are able to see that gold and the less light you have, the less you are able to see that gold. With all of this being said, our beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets alone are not the inner light to our lives. There is something that goes beyond that and that is what we truly need in our lives. It is the true inner light and not some counterfeit. Unfortunately, if there are a number of factors in your life that take away your inner light such as the factors that take away our positive emotions (i.e. depression, misery, brain damage, etc.), then you are at a disadvantage just as how a person who is in a pitch black cave would be at a disadvantage if the light or torch he had grew dimmer and dimmer due to a number of factors such as insufficient fuel or low batteries in his/her flashlight. If this person was relying on the light of daytime to see the gold in that dark cave, then the factor that would dim the light would be the day becoming night. Now, this whole concept also applies to the bad value in your life. As long as you have nothing but the inner light, then you are blinded by the light and you cannot see anything bad. You would be in nothing but a state of pure joy, love, beauty, and goodness and you cannot be in any state of misery, despair, torment, suffering, agony, badness, etc. To conclude and recap, I think our positive emotions (aka happiness) is the only inner light we as human beings have to allow us to see the good value, joy, beauty, love, and worth of things in our lives. Other Person's Response: Could you give me an example of people who think that their positive emotions are the inner light to their lives as you claim? My Reply: There are many people out there who struggle with depression. Many hate their lives and they just want to die. They say that having a positive mindset does nothing for them. This supports my worldview quite well because these depressed people are only expressing the truth here. They are merely expressing the need for the inner light back into their lives again.
  7. Many people would tell you that, if you want your life to have good value, joy, beauty, love, and worth, to have a positive mindset where you believe that your life is good, beautiful, joyful, loving, and worth living. But it was never about the mindsets (our ways of thinking) themselves because they, themselves, do not actually give our lives any real good value, bad value, or worth. This is because having a positive or negative mindset is not any real positive or negative quality and, thus, no real good or bad value in your life. It would be no different than water. Water is an actual quality and having the belief/mindset that you have it in your life would not give you any real water. In order to have water in your life, then you need actual water. With this being said, what would be the real positive and negative quality? It would be our positive and negative emotions. Positive emotions would be biochemical induced states such as a feeling of sexual arousal, a feeling of excitement or joy from getting a new movie, or a feeling of love. Negative emotions would be something such as a feeling of despair, anger, sadness, or misery. Again, mindsets themselves are not the same thing as emotions. If you struggled with depression or misery, then just thinking to yourself that you are having a positive emotional state such as being sexually aroused or joyful would not give you any real sexual arousal or joy. That is, thinking and believing you are horny is not the same thing as actually being horny. The same idea applies to having good and bad value in our lives. The positive and negative qualities (our positive and negative emotions) would be qualities of good and bad. So, if you wanted your life to have the greatest good value, then you would need to be in the most blissful state of your life. Likewise, if you wanted your life to have the worst value, then you would need to be in the worst negative emotional state of your life. But who would want their lives to be the worst? I know I wouldn't. With all of this being said, even though positive and negative emotions are the only real good and bad in our lives, making wise decisions should still not be dismissed. For example, during my worst miserable moments, I have still chosen to get the help I needed. Likewise, during my most blissful moments, I have chosen to not do anything reckless. I think only stupid people would use this whole idea of our emotions being the real good and bad as a means to do reckless and harmful things to themselves and/or others around them. One last thing here and this is an important question. Isn't everything I have just said here something we already know for a scientific fact? Wouldn't the qualities of good and bad have to be a scientific definition of good and bad? Furthermore, wouldn't this also mean that all those famous and genius artists out there who have struggled with misery, depression, and despair had no real good value, worth, and beauty in their lives through creating their works of art regardless of what they believed otherwise? They would need at least a small degree of positive emotions mixed in with their misery to give them some good values in their lives. If that is so, then positive emotions are the only way to live and they are the only way to be an artist since they are the only things that can truly make our lives and artistic endeavors good, beautiful, and worth living for. My own personal experience supports this quite well. I have struggled for 10 years with the worst misery and hopelessness induced by stressful life events and obsessive thinking They were the worst negative emotional states of my life. During that whole entire time, not a single moment was any real good value, beauty, joy, or worth in my life regardless of the fact that I believed certain things still had those said values such as the idea of getting the help I needed. After all, me getting the help I needed to regain my positive emotions would certainly be a good and beautiful thing for a hedonist such as myself. But the fact that there was no real good values in my life at all supports this whole idea I've just talked about. But the moment I have fully recovered from such miserable states was the moment all of the good values were, in a way, magically brought back into my life again which supports the idea that there is something more that gives our lives good value than our mindsets. It would have to be the good quality (my positive emotions) being restored back into my life again. It was like I was someone deprived of the sacred water of goodness I needed in my life and personally defining it to be there didn't work for me since it wasn't the real sacred water. It is only once I have fully recovered that this sacred water, metaphorically speaking, has returned back into my life again. It was like there was something blocking the flow of it in my life which created a drought. Recovering was like getting rid of that blockage and, thus, allowing the flow of this sacred water back into my life again.
  8. Is happiness the light of god we as depressed folks need?

    Thank you. There is a difference between what is and what it's like. If a person saw the color red, then he could report back to you that it was like a trip to a paradise. This would be what it's like. But what is would be a different question. Seeing the color red would be a state of visualizing a certain color. This would be what is. A blind person cannot know what it is to see the color red since he can't see it. Now, here is where my worldview comes in. If you were in the most hopeless state of your life which would be a negative emotion and you believed that your life was still good and beautiful, then you could say that this thought is something good and beautiful since it is the words "good" and "beautiful" being spoken in your mind. From there, if you felt a positive emotion later on which would be an emotional value judgment of good value and beauty rather than a thought form of value judgment, then you could also say that this positive emotion is good and beautiful as well. It's the same scenario with the thought form of good value and beauty, but, this time, with the positive emotion. Now, here is the question. If you were blind and you thought of the color red, then what would that be for you? Remember, this is asking the "what is" question. The answer here would be that it would just be a thought. There is no quality of red there being perceived at all. So, it's not actual red, but just the thought of red. The same idea would apply to our emotions versus our thoughts. You could think to yourself that your life is still beautiful and good during your worst miserable moment, but there would be no quality of good value and beauty being perceived. Therefore, your life would be empty without your positive emotions. So, what it all comes down to here is what it is for you. Rather than just being the miserable soul who drags his life on believing it to be the good and beautiful life, actually focus on what it is for you and I think this will enlighten you to the truth of my worldview. Hopefully anyway. If I were to summarize my whole entire worldview in one sentence, then it would be: "You can only acknowledge the good and bad values of things, moments, and situations in your life. But you need your positive emotions to actually see the good values and you need your negative emotions to actually see the bad values. When you feel the most profound and powerful positive emotion of your life, then that is literally the most powerful and profound beauty, good value, and joy being perceived just as how it would literally be the color red being perceived by a person who saw the color red. The same idea applies to negative emotions." If my sight analogy is not a good analogy for emotions, then just get the idea that I was trying to convey anyway. I was simply saying that it can only be our emotions that allow us to perceive the good and bad qualities of our lives. I also talked about the idea of consciousness based values versus value judgment based values in my other packet which explains those horrible nightmare states I've had. Consciousness based values are values that focus on what is. I know I said they focus on what it's like, but that was actually a mistake I made. One last thing here. You could either perceive the values that situations and things have or you can perceive your own created values. For example, if a mother was feeding her child vegetables, then the vegetables would be good. But the child would be perceiving them as bad since he felt a negative emotion from them. So, even though the vegetables are good, the child saw them as bad which would be his own personal perceived value. This means that things and situations hold their own value and that the only way to perceive their value or our own personal created value would be through our emotions.
  9. (Note: Psychologists divide emotions into a positive category and a negative category. I am firmly convinced this division is true based upon my own personal experience. The concept of inner light and inner darkness is all well too known in movies, anime, art, etc. So, that is why emotions would have to come in two categories: positive and negative. The positive emotions would be our own inner light and our negative emotions would be our own inner darkness just as how we have positive thoughts and negative thoughts). My positive emotions are like the inner light of god in my life. Without them, then my life can only be empty regardless of what I were to think or believe otherwise. The rest of humanity needs this inner light as well. Otherwise, their lives and artistic endeavors would be empty, too. Our negative emotions would be the inner darkness and a life of no emotions would just be a blank life. Don't you hear depressed and miserable people claim their lives are a drag, not worth living, and devoid of any joy and beauty? This is a common complaint that depressed patients report. I think this claim reflects our need for the inner light. When depressed people recover, they say it's as though they have crawled out of the darkest pit and regained the light back to them in their lives. This is my own personal created religion which is a hedonistic religion. I call my religion "New Age Hedonism." Hedonism is the philosophy of maximizing pleasure (positive emotions) and minimizing pain (negative emotions). Although, as I explain later on, I am undecided when it comes to the existence of god, the afterlife, and the paranormal. If these phenomena do not exist, then my hedonistic religion would instead take on a secular form. As for what type of environment or artistic landscape I would use to convey my worldview, it would not be the fear mongering images of unsaved sinners being thrown into the lake of fire which is often conveyed by religions such as fundamentalist Christianity. My image would be a beautiful and tropical paradise. This symbolizes being happy, wild, free, and not having to adhere your life to any such horrible religious doctrines. It is looking forward to an afterlife of eternal bliss where you can finally be free of all depression, unhappiness, and misery. The New Age spiritual beliefs adhere to the doctrine of an all loving god who does not condemn people to an eternal hell or expect others to serve their lives to him. That is why I call my worldview/religion "New Age Hedonism."
  10. Depression is no way to be an artist

    I respect your point of view, but let me share to you the rest of my theory. It is just a brief description: Brief Description Of My Theory: Positive emotions make our lives matter to us in good ways, negative emotions make our lives matter to us in bad ways, while having no emotions at all would render our lives not mattering to us at all. When something matters to you in a good or bad way, these are actually emotional states rather than outlooks or mindsets (i.e. thought states). Our positive emotions are like a sacred life force of goodness that can only make things matter to us in good ways while our negative emotions are like a horrible and dark life force of badness that can only make things matter to us in bad ways. When you see the good or bad value in your life, then that is an emotional state, according to my new definition of good and bad that my theory advocates. As you can see here, what I have done here is I have switched it over from what is commonly believed to make things matter to us and to allow us to see the good and bad value in our lives (i.e. our value judgments which would be our thoughts and outlooks) to our emotions. One last thing here. Any advice that anyone gives me to try to make my life something good and beautiful such as saying that there were many genius artists who have been inspired by their misery and despair is simply not going to work. It is a wasted, futile effort. I am firmly convinced of my worldview/theory and now it is time to reveal the type of nonsense that such advice really is. I am not trying to be mean or anything to nice and kind people who give me advice and suggestions. All I'm saying here is that it is all nonsense. I have already struggled for 10 years with the worst misery and my life has never, in one single moment, been anything good or beautiful while in these miserable states.
  11. Depression is no way to be an artist

    Thank you. But such a worldview is actually very detrimental to my life. However, I think this worldview is actually true though. The reason why this worldview does not do me well is because, in the event that I lose my positive emotions due to any one of numerous factors, then this means that my life and composing would be devoid of any perceived good qualities such as inspiration, joy, beauty, etc.
  12. Depression is no way to be an artist

    Positive emotions make our lives matter to us in good ways, negative emotions make our lives matter to us in bad ways, while having no emotions at all would render our lives not mattering to us at all. This is world changing because there were many miserable and depressed genius artists in the past who thought that their misery and depression made their lives and artistic endeavors matter to them in good and beautiful ways. To this day, many artists still believe this and there are many other people who believe this lie as well. By revealing the truth of my theory, it would change the world and it would reveal to us that the only way to live and be an artist is through our positive emotions. We as a human race would be awakened to the emotional definition of good and bad. The current definition of good and bad we live by, which is a value judgment version (a version we define through our judgments which would be our thoughts), this version is outdated and false. But we still need our value judgments, nonetheless, as vital tools to make wise decisions and to avoid harm for us and others. Lastly, this theory of mine is actually a life issue I have been having as I have been wanting to be a composer myself. But my composing endeavor is rendered completely empty and devoid of all goodness and beauty without my positive emotions.