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"Fascinating – emotions as measurements: “Fear measures the size and probability of a threat. Pride measures one's accomplishments. Disgust measures the chance that something will communicate disease. Shame measures the degree to which one's reputation has suffered because of one's prior acts.”
"Anxiety(prolonged dread) measures what?
Depression measures What?
Happiness measures what?"
The meanings given to these measurements are subjective. Each person finds their own meanings. To me, all emotions that hinder me from living from the soul measure the extent to which I'm allowing the neuro-me (the sense of identity generated by the neurology) to control my life.
This is an interaction between the Open A.I. Assistant (A) and me (G). The line of questioning came out of my daily wrestling between the neuro-me (the sense of self-identity generated by the neurology) and the soul I Am, two aspects of this human incarnation.
A gift of Asperger's and misophonia has been the realization that my dysfunctional behaviors originate from the neuro-me and patterns developed to cope, and that the soul I Am is another frequency in consciousness. Accountability remains, but compassion for self grows.
What are the best examples in history and literature of people who wrestled with themselves, that is, had inner conflicts, such as the Apostle Paul in the New Testament and Gollum in LOTR?
Certainly! Here are examples of characters in history and literature who grapple with inner conflicts and wrestle with themselves:
1. Apostle Paul from the New Testament: Paul's transformation from persecutor to apostle reflects his inner conflict and struggle with faith and his previous beliefs.
2. Gollum (Sméagol) from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Lord of the Rings": Gollum's internal battle between his alter ego, Sméagol, and the corrupted Gollum persona, demonstrates his struggle for possession of the One Ring.
3. Hamlet from William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet": Hamlet's profound internal struggle revolves around questions of revenge, morality, and the meaning of life after his father's death.
4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde": The characters symbolize the duality of human nature and the internal battle between good and evil within a single person.
5. Oedipus from Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex": Oedipus grapples with his desire to uncover the truth about his past and his fear of facing the dark revelations that might come to light.
6. Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby": Gatsby is torn between his past, ambition, and the pursuit of an unattainable dream, seeking acceptance from his long-lost love, Daisy.
7. Macbeth from William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth": Macbeth struggles with ambition and guilt after murdering King Duncan to fulfill the witches' prophecies, leading to his downfall.
8. Jean Valjean from Victor Hugo's novel "Les Misérables": Valjean faces a moral struggle between his criminal past and his desire to live a virtuous life, while being relentlessly pursued by Inspector Javert.
9. Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye": Holden experiences an existential crisis, grappling with hypocrisy in the world while trying to preserve innocence and authenticity.
10. Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol": Scrooge undergoes a profound inner transformation as he confronts his selfishness and cold-heartedness, leading to redemption.
11. Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter": Hester carries the burden of her public shame and her private internal turmoil, struggling with her sense of sin and identity as an outcast.
12. Frodo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel "The Lord of the Rings": Frodo bears the weight of the One Ring, grappling with its temptation for power and darkness while testing his own strength and resolve.
13. Anna Karenina from Leo Tolstoy's novel "Anna Karenina": Anna faces a moral dilemma between her passionate love affair and societal expectations, leading to a profound internal struggle.
14. Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein": Victor grapples with the consequences of creating life and the moral responsibility he bears for the tragic outcomes that follow.
These characters showcase the timeless and complex nature of human emotions and internal conflicts, making their stories compelling and thought-provoking for readers and audiences across generations.
What can be said to be the merits or benefits of going through such inner conflicts?
Experiencing inner conflicts can have several merits and benefits, as they contribute to personal growth and self-awareness. Here are some positive aspects of going through inner struggles:
1. **Self-Discovery:** Inner conflicts force individuals to delve deeper into their thoughts, emotions, and values. Through this exploration, they can gain a better understanding of themselves, their desires, and their fears.
2. **Enhanced Emotional Intelligence:** Dealing with inner conflicts requires navigating complex emotions. This process can lead to the development of emotional intelligence, enabling individuals to recognize, understand, and manage their emotions effectively.
3. **Empathy and Compassion:** Going through inner conflicts can make individuals more empathetic and understanding of others' struggles. They become better equipped to relate to and support others who might be experiencing similar challenges.
4. **Strength and Resilience:** Overcoming inner conflicts can build resilience and inner strength. The ability to face and navigate challenges fosters personal growth and a stronger sense of self.
5. **Personal Development:** Inner conflicts often prompt individuals to seek personal growth and development. They may embark on a journey of self-improvement, seeking knowledge and skills to overcome their challenges.
6. **Greater Clarity and Focus:** Addressing inner conflicts can bring clarity to one's goals and priorities. It helps individuals align their actions with their values, leading to improved focus and decision-making.
7. **Creativity and Problem-Solving:** Inner conflicts can stimulate creativity and problem-solving skills. Exploring different perspectives and potential solutions fosters innovative thinking.
8. **Deepened Relationships:** When individuals are open about their inner struggles, it can strengthen trust and intimacy in their relationships. Sharing vulnerabilities fosters deeper connections with others.
9. **Adaptability:** Navigating inner conflicts requires adaptability and flexibility. Learning to embrace change and uncertainty can enhance an individual's ability to cope with life's challenges.
10. **Spiritual Growth:** Inner conflicts may lead individuals to explore their spiritual beliefs and values, fostering spiritual growth and a sense of purpose.
While inner conflicts can be uncomfortable and challenging, they can also serve as catalysts for personal development and positive transformation. Embracing these conflicts with self-compassion and a growth mindset can lead to valuable insights and a more fulfilling life journey.