Emotional Reactions are closer to the Human Heart than Fuzzy Intellectualism

It is not easy to explain to people what their economic and political interests are. Well, it is not too difficult to explain it to their rational, thinking, ego (sometimes they themselves will explain it to you in a hand-to-pocket reduced manner). But when we try to understand things meticulously and rationally, try to see how things are “objectively”, on the level of structural connections between various determinants – there is no pleasure anymore. Suddenly we feel as though we are working for somebody else without a due reward. Why rational thinking is condemned by human nature – is not supported by psychological pleasure? And why is imagination with its illusions encouraged by our very nature with so much pleasure attached to it?

Displeasure marks rational thinking because in the very moment that we start to responsibly think about what’s going on, the dyad (symbiosis of non-differentiation) between subject and object (other human beings or things) breaks up by the intervention of the third element – truth as such which we must come to establish and to understand through our mental effort. Spontaneous psychological pleasure is a spark that can only appear between subject and object, in the very immediacy of their psychological embrace. But if, instead of merging into oneness with another person/people or thing/things (when we lose our psychological border with the world and emotionally appropriate and consume it, and in return are appropriated and consumed by it), we have to address rationally what’s really happening (truth) – we lose the bond/ties with narcissistic reservoir of our emotional pleasure. The desire to have power over other people is the equivalent of possessiveness towards things. The desire to possess and consume (things) is the twin of the desire to have power over other people. Because our power complex is rooted in infantilism of a child whom we once were (whose expectations of the dyadic pleasure will always be unrealistic), the desire to have power over other people in adults is impregnated with imaginary (excessive) expectations.

People with conservative sensibility vote against their own interests and are addicted to hate because they are prone to lose the feeling of having power (being in charge, in control) in the very moment they will try to understand more “objectively” what’s going on around them. For them power to be felt as power it must be enveloped by emotional pleasure. They prefer to have imaginary (immediately pleasurable) power and control over other people and circumstances than to have a real influence over reality. Imaginary power bathes in emotional pleasure. But the attempts to actually (instrumentally) influence reality are quite an ascetic and even a boring exercise. To think that the intellectual liberals and red lefties destroy country’s economic well being and political stability is incomparably more pleasurable than to confront the reality of the invented wars or economic misbehavior by the adventurist players in profit. In the first case you just believe, and belief means immediate satisfaction, in the second case you would need to study sociology of political decision-making and economy. Mass-Americans vote against their own interests because the feeling of having imaginary power gives them much more pleasure than to calculate and to realize their real power. It is, ultimately, the question of the difference between real power and the feeling pleasure in having imaginary power. Basically, it is the difference between feelings about reality and knowing reality.

Imaginary power is power that is exaggerated, absolutized, and unlimited to an absurd degree. It is power to invade any country we want (like Iraq). It is power to create a world financial collapse (like in US in Oct. 2008 or in Dubai in Nov. 2009). It is real power to do the un-imaginarily imaginative operations with real consequences.

The irresistibility of the imaginary power that uses real instruments of power and producing real consequences lies in the irresistibility of narcissistic self-love – the desire to feel that we are great, always right, better than other groups, with the right to exploit them because we are better, that we don’t need to study life – that we are already smart and wise, etc. We vote against our own interests because if we really great people we don’t need to care about our real interests at all – we can afford to immediately feel our greatness, before, above and beyond the prosaic procedures of studying and not-intuitive thinking. We absolutely can trust our own intuitive guesses because it’s stronger than man’s logic. We are addicted to the feeling of our greatness. The Soviet Russians (SRussians) were too. And so were the German Nazis. For their innocent desire to feel as the vanguards of the humankind, the SRussians paid with their concentration camp experiences and endless deprivations at the hands of the Communist decision-makers. For their not less innocent belief in their racial superiority Nazi Germans paid with their lives on the battlefields of WW2. For their innocent desire to feel great and not to study the political, economic and educational problems Americans pay with the debilitation of their lives created by the conservative politicians and businessmen.

The human mind is not the problem, the human heart is. To prefer the imaginary power over the world that is then perceived through scapegoating suspicions, hate and bravado is the question of emotional stupidity rooted in the psychological inability to go out of the dyadic (symbiotic) relationship with other people and things and to lose posture of domination and appropriation/consumption towards the world.