There are many problems confronting the world today, and sadly the political processes here in the US this political cycle are not dealing with them very well. Instead of important issues getting front page news it has been the stupid statements. One candidate is the most disgusting person ever to speak in public and we can believe nothing he says. The other is perfectly spoken most of the time, but an occasional misspoken word and the press can talk of nothing else. The reason they report the errors instead of the clear thoughts is because that is what the current public wants to hear. Foolish behavior is what the public is willing to pay for. News media are in business to make money and reporting stupid behavior drives the whole process of making money. Even beyond the media’s lust for money over accurate information is the politicians’ quest for money themselves. It is reported that Washington politicians spend most of their time soliciting money and little time analyzing issues and attending political debates. I am aware that this is a significant problem; however, I can’t have any significant effect on this process and therefore should dedicate my time to what I can do.
But, what can I do? What can I do that will make a difference? What have I found after writing 3,240 blog posts on the general subject of living one’s life more successfully? At the moment it appears that the best option has to do with collecting accurate information and the timing of one’s reactions and decisions to that accurate information. The choosing of one’s moments for making decisions is greatly influenced by the person’s mood at the moment.
Paul Ekman has revealed that we humans have seven basic emotions. There are six baby emotions: Anger, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, and the adult emotion of Contempt, which requires analysis. There are also hybrid emotions, but they are mixes of the basic adult seven. Infant children have only six basic emotions, as the emotion of contempt requires a realization of another person’s unsatisfactory mental state.
We may project into our future to some extent the results of our decisions based on the emotions we had when making those decisions. The emotions Anger, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, and the adult emotion of Contempt, will each bring in their train effects based on the emotions held in those moment’s decisions. Therefore, we should be in a positive emotional state when we make major decisions if we want the results of those decisions to be positive. If you want the results of your actions to be happy it would be best to be in a happy emotional state when making the critical decisions.
Some ideas are so obvious once stated clearly that they seem obvious from the beginning.