As highly sensitive people, feelings makeup our entire world. Unfortunately, as a society, we have a firm belief that feelings are extremely unnecessary. I have always thought that to be a hilarious notion, but people seem to think otherwise. As an exercise, I decided to explore these options. What would the world be like without feelings?
Science fiction movies and television shows have depicted ways that life would be different. Star Trek introduced the Borg. Doctor Who introduced Cybermen and the Daleks. All groups were once human beings who were then turned into robots devoid of emotion. These robots roamed the universe attempting to annihilate the weakness known as feelings by making every being a robot. While this scenario is portrayed over many decades in many forms, I want to take the time to delve a little deeper than this common fear. Not simply a society, what would families be like without feelings?
What would families be like without feelings?
Let’s explore the idea: Biologically, a man and a woman is necessary to make a family. A world without feelings would pair a man and woman, based on their genetic makeup, in order to make the healthiest and smartest progeny possible. Love is no longer a factor. Would individuals then need to have rules to keep monogamous? Would individuals be able to satisfy their biological craving to procreate with anyone they chose? The sexual drive would still be there, the desire to be a moral person would no longer be there. What then would the result be?
Let’s move on. Let’s say a couple is paired together for genetic purposes. They procreate and have a child. Would that couple get to raise their own child? Feelings would be gone, however, instinct would still be present. Instinct is biological. Mothers would have a strong desire to watch over their children. They might not call it love in this alternate universe, maybe maternal instinct. Still, in a world without feelings would maternal instinct even be valued or exist? Fathers, on the other hand, have an instinctual need to protect. Would they have a drive to care for their new unit or would this be considered a feeling and therefore obsolete in this new world?
Who would raise the children?
Who would raise the children? Would children be shipped off to grow with others their same age and learn rules of the world? Would parents no longer be together because without love, why would they stay? The need to exist in groups is a survival instinct embedded in our DNA. How could individuals feel included if they were alone? Would the worth of individuals then derive from their success or would it be how well each person performed? Life would only be a game of how much better each person was over the other.
Life would only be a game of how much better each person was over the other.
Did I get side tracked? Lets stick with this alternate universe and say that the parental unit raises their children. Parents would teach their children to take care of themselves, be as independent as possible. Without feelings, there would be no reason for children to be naïve and enjoy their younger years. They would be taught with the sole purpose of retaining as much information as possible. There would be no passions, finding your dreams, nor listening to your heart. The more skills a child has, the better they produced in their future positions. This would, in essence, demonstrate successful parenting.
Likability is no longer an included factor.
Young adults would make career path decisions based on how well they performed. This alternate universe might have one benefit, that is in the work environment. Your likability by others would no longer be an included factor. Popularity, social skills or charm would no longer be relevant. Leaders would include people who were the best at their job. Determining who is the best fit would only include success rates. Emotional relationships with management would be obsolete. Therefore, there would be no need for conflict. Employers would have no background to scrutinize except for skill level. This would certainly improve the efficiency and fairness associated with the work place, but would it be better?
Have you ever seen ants working together? They move along in one long line to bring crumbs from one place to another. Birds fly in a group on the same path. This organization seems robotic to me. Where is the individuality, uniqueness and interest? Do they care where they are going or do they simply know that they have to do it. Does choice even matter if no one has feelings to care?
Does choice even matter if no one has feelings to care?
The possibilities of the unknown are endless. I honestly could go on and on, but I would like to leave you with this thought. If feelings were not a part of who we are, opinions, passions and beliefs wouldn’t even matter. Who would we be without the possibility of choice? To choose who to love, what our passions are and how we go through life. Feelings give us these possibilities, without them, what would our world be?