Emotions matter. Or, as many rational behavior economist believe, the decision-making process is based on making choices that result in the optimal level of benefit for an individual. Interesting. Is that really how it works? Consider: how did I chose my spouse, name my children, or buy that red corvette convertible and head off to California? Are decisions purely rational? Let’s take a look at how some very thoughtful people commented on emotions.
“The most decisive actions of our life . . . are most often unconsidered actions.” André Gide. Author. 1869 – 1951.
“Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is a shadow of the other.” Carl Gustav Jung. Psychologist, Psychoanalyst. 1875 – 1961
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” Vince [Vincent Thomas] Lombardi. U.S.A. Football Player, Coach, and Executive. 1913 – 1970.
“Irrational exuberance.” Alan Greenspan. Economist. 1926 –
“The most frightening thing about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent.” Stanley Kubrick. Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer. 1928 – 1999.
“Reason is nowhere pure.” Antonio Damasio. Neuroscientist. 1944 –
With these perspectives as beacons for reflection, what are your feelings on emotion? We look forward to hearing your perspective.