• Michael Dahdal

On Transcendence

Updated: Jan 3, 2020


People are largely driven by their emotions.

Not only are they driven by their emotions, but also much of their decision-making tends to be limited to ‘how they feel’ at any given time.

“Do what makes you happy” - seems to be the calling card of at least this generation, if not also the two generations that preceded it.

Letting; ‘how you feel’; determine how your life is lived is a dangerous path, as your feelings are not always an accurate reflection of reality.

They are very much subjective and in addition we aren’t entirely sure where our feelings even come from most of the time.

We can’t always control our thoughts and emotions; but we do have much more influence over what we actually do about them; and how we choose to act in the world.

Animals on the other hand tend to make decisions based solely on how they feel, if they can be considered decisions at all.

Primary biological drivers, powerful ones, often determine how a primate may act in any given situation.

It’s essentially fight or flight, the need for procreation, the need for food, water and very survival which sit at the core of all decision making.

But Human’s are a little different.

Humans have this unique ability for transcendence.

By transcendence, I mean rising above any given situation.