4. The human being, feelings, and willpower

4.a) Non-existence

Of all the previous discussion about willpower, a logical implication is slowly emerging: if the decisions we make do not depend on just one being or origin of will, it seems evident that this being does not exist.

In other words, the human being, as a living being with individual willpower, does not exist. Human willpower is the consequence of the individual will of a multitude of more elemental beings modulated by a system of personal decision.

In this sense, we could say: "I think. Therefore, I am not."

On the other hand, the idea of being human fits in perfectly with the concept of the vital impulse system.

The book of the Conditional Evolution of Life defines the vital impulse systems as systems acting as living beings, or at least, having a lot of their main characteristics.

Likewise, we have pointed out that superior animals can be considered as symbiotic macro-societies of more elemental units with their own life, like cells.

The order of intuitive proximity indicates that the components of the first type of vital impulse systems are also living beings –nation, state, beehive, ecosystems.

All of the above makes us ask, "From where do we come? Where are we going? Who are we?" It is very tough to answer, perhaps impossible. It is like asking, "From where does a state come? Where is a beehive going?"

These questions are not very relevant because we are talking about organizational forms. To be able to respond to these questions, first, we should answer precisely, "What are we?"

From a strictly scientific point of view, we are animals evolved from monkeys, and it seems as though our existence is a vital impulse system.

We cannot even continuously guarantee the existence of human beings from a spiritual point of view, given that, as we have seen in discussing the decision-making processes or formation of the will, our different components or individual elements are not always in agreement nor do they have the same points of view or morals.

 

4.b) The being and existence

We do not want to end this section on a bitter and negative note. Being a vital impulse system is not derogatory; on the contrary, it is a way of being able to dominate scales that are superior to that of the individual.

Yellowstone-Canada (Public domain image)
Yellowstone

For instance, a country is allowed to obtain objectives for its citizens who cannot obtain these objectives by themselves.

The spiritual dimension also has positive aspects; sometimes it seems as though we behave or feel like one individual as if there were unanimity in the decision-making process –a perfect synchronization of human emotion– an colossal bubble of energy.

Human beings function differently in regards to emotions; emotion is not decided on by the majority. Instead, it invades us; it takes us over. We could cite many sentences here of a religious nature from diverse religions that are especially relevant when speaking about human emotions and the spiritual nature of living beings.

For example, referring to three people in one could refer to what we are commenting, though with the addition of particular characteristic of the three people; we could then imagine the feeling of the nation or the significance of a billion beings in one with their feelings of love.

One of the most significant difficulties of this subject is that approximation requires the use of metaphors and other poetic devices that, on many occasions are misinterpreted, above all, over time.

So, we can say: "I feel. Therefore I am."

Regardless, at risk of exceeding our goals, we believe we have a dual nature –we are not the first to say so. – On the one hand, we do not exist in the classic sense of the expression, and, on the other, we exist in a dimension unknown to our intellect.

We are talking about the temporary discontinuity of existence!