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Moods… the incredible interrupting phenomenon

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Further defining the influence of moods and their place in the scheme of things

(1st edition - Nov 2013) by A.O. Kime
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Being a very curious phenomenon, moods can either make life worth living or play havoc… oftentimes being in almost complete control. Moods are like the helmsman of a ship, the hopped-up driver of a speeding semi, a drill sergeant.

While bad moods might be rare, so are good moods rare. Generally moods are hunkered down somewhere and that’s usually when we’re most productive. That’s because overly possessive moods are distractive… draws our attention away from our intended pursuits. While there are countless reasons why one might get into a bad mood - that’s what dominates the mind, the business at hand takes a back seat.

Truly, it’s a fight for control.

But one can also be distracted during good moods too… although not nearly as much. We find ourselves focusing on the pleasantries or else searching for the next ones. For whatever reason one got in a good mood in the first place, people want to hang on to this ‘feel-good high’. That, of course, explains the searching. So nobody is especially productive during good moods either… they’re too busy trying to stay happy.

Although people do get things done while whistling on the job, it just wouldn’t normally be a time for something requiring deep thought. One’s imagination and focus suffers. Tasks such as planning, constructing and writing require a somber disposition. However, from this seriousness is the enjoyment of seeing progress made... enjoyment is enjoyment, no?.

So it is, great achievements and lightheartedness don’t mix.

Apparently then, there is a price to pay for happiness… although affordable. There always seems to be a struggle to hold on to it as well. Of course, there are always trade-offs in whatever we do. Our choices determine what they will be.

In tracing it all back to the source, it is our moods which cost us - especially bad moods - while all along they are interfering with our thinking process. They’re also playing traffic cop.

While anger is as much of a maleficent guide as a bad mood, indistinguishable at times, however related it’s another animal and not incorporated in this analysis.

The in-between moods

But even the in-between moods mess with the mind… being evidence they haven’t completely withdrawn. After all, what we care about doing each day depends on our mood. For example, on a given day we might not care about politics. Or for silly things on another day - like jokes. Or for financial things on another day - like paying bills.

Some days we feel like fixing things around the house, other days not. It’s always about being in the mood for this or not being in the mood for that. It would also include spiritual musings and what we read. Moods even control the absorption of what we read.

They are so different - albeit differences so subtle it would take genius to identify them - moods could probably be further broken down and categorized. Maybe on a sliding scale would make sense.

What are moods anyway? While often we know what causes them we really don’t know what they are (specifically). The makeup has never been adequately explained. While electronic probes might tell us what part of the brain lights up, that’s no answer.

Of course, being a mental matter it must be an ethereal matter. Unfortunately, nothing much is known about ethereal matters either. In fact, scientifically zilch. Most ethereal matters are like ghosts but in this case with phenomenal abilities. Moods can influence outcomes by controlling the ability to think, to care, to focus and the list goes on.

In short, a mood can characterize one’s entire day.

The power-ranking of moods

Of all the powers of the human mind, in terms of ‘influence’ moods appear the most powerful. They have more power over what we do than anything else. Not even our sensibilities come close. In that moods can make life really enjoyable or make one hate their own existence is quite remarkable.

But being such a dominating presence, seemingly moods should be suppressed altogether. Who wants to be dominated? Of course we all know suppressing them is achievable but tricky. Although the everyday joys would be less pronounced with moods suppressed, nonetheless most people probably see value in keeping them in check. It’s good for social reasons and good for business. Besides, dangers can lurk in la-la land… and good moods will blind us to those realities.

Good moods make us more vulnerable to con-men too.

While moods certainly seem like a force of some type, it appears they are automatically empowered but usually only after the stage is set. In other words, the type of mood triggered depends on the consciously-built stage we created. Sometimes however, it isn’t of our making. It may be due to circumstances or created by someone else (who is, or suddenly became, part of our world). Yet, we’re still in charge of the ’corralling’. As we’re often experienced, if we let our guard down moods can ‘escape’ and get out-of-control.

And, as we’ve seen, the bad moods are the wild ones… the destructive ones. On the other hand, for the most part good moods are harmless. Those, of course, we really don’t want to corral again but to keep an even keel we must. After all, they want us to live in la-la land.

But still lacking is an accurate description of moods… what they are specifically?

First off, since the phenomenon in question (the moody apparatus) is influential it can be said it has ‘power’. So… is it the result of being the ’cause’ or the ’effect‘? Well, seemingly both. It’s the cause because of the mere fact the phenomenon exists but since it relies on a stage it is the effect. In more practical terms one could say it’s a ’generator’ (of moods) were talking about… a mechanism that can produce moods both good and bad. Furthermore, since it certainly isn’t a conscious thing this generator must exist within our subconscious mind.

Of course, the conscious mind can do a little ‘nudging’ one way or the other.

Of powers too, our conscious mind can also turn off this generator. We’ve probably proven that to ourselves hundreds of times. The existence of accessible switches might even be commonplace. For instance, people can purposely ‘chill-out’. We also have some control over the power to heal. Doctors can testify to that. And, sometimes we can trick our mood apparatus into being a good mood by pretending we‘re in a good mood.

It’s as if pretending is a power the apparatus doesn’t know about.

But in trying to go even deeper, the more technical aspects get blurrier… even obfuscated. For one, words can’t adequately describe something you can’t put your finger on. The semantics aren’t there. And, one can only speculate why God implanted this mood generator.

The reason for moods

Perhaps knowing the reason for moods would tell us everything we need to know. In other words, we don’t really need to know the mechanics or the particulars. Actually, knowing the reason for ethereal matters is probably as close as we’ll ever get anyway . In effect, being an ethereal matter the reason is all there is (for we mortals to ascertain anyway). As another way to put it, the ethereal consists of verbs (actions), not nouns (things).

For beginners, we can assume that without moods we’d be more robot than human. It’s like our sensitiveness… would we really be human without feelings? Evidently too, it wasn’t intended that living should be dull. If there wasn’t always some kind of a drama it wouldn’t be living. On the other hand, there’s safety in leading a dull life.

Yet, whatever lifestyle one chooses, the act of choreographing one’s life touches upon the very essence of existence itself. And, as you’ll soon see, it involves moods.

Choreographing and the essence of ‘existence’

While we have a clear idea what ’existence’ means in the physical sense, what appears commonly lacking is the appreciation for the concept itself. And, it entails the physical. After all, without the physical there would be no ’existence’… at least not anything worthwhile. That is what the creator (divine intelligence if you prefer) recognized and the sole reason for the creation of the physical (the corporeal).

It is an easily-drawn conclusion. Specifically, that the corporeal was purposed to enable life to ‘experience dimensionally’. It is the only possible reason. After all, if the corporeal wouldn’t ever be experienced why have it in the first place? And, obviously, it was created (the ‘big bang‘).

While the physical is often lambasted as being ’evil’ (primarily by the clergy), with further reflection it has become more apparent it isn’t an evil domain at all. It is what makes ’existence’ possible. If, by chance, we had awareness before the introduction of the physical (the corporeal) we’d be most thankful for it.

But whether our soul existed before or not, the chance for life to experience in unlimited ways is what the corporeal brings to the table. Although a spiritual being would greatly appreciate even a box of tinker-toys, given instead was a vast and an incredible array of realities. For a flesh and blood creature, it then becomes a matter of experiencing these realities. The ability to choose which realities to interact with is more-so a human ability however. So, in essence, there are endless ways one can choreograph their life, their living experiences.

However, all life forms must be ‘featured’ somehow in order for the corporeal to be a sensible addition to the incorporeal. After all, robots wouldn’t appreciate it… meaning humans if we weren’t ‘featured‘ (i.e. moods, emotions, the senses, etc.). Uniquely though, unlike plants and animals we aren’t totally governed by these features. We have the ability (the freedom) to make choices whereas plants and animals are severely limited. In short, plants and animals are almost entirely governed.

While the features of plants and animals are better known as ‘instincts’… humans have several features instinctual in nature too… but except for moods they’re not as powerful. Humans may have more features but they are far less controlled (except for moods).

Although sometimes these human features (and the realities) can generate experiences one doesn’t want - and certainly doesn’t need - there are specific reasons for that although they go off on tangents and are not addressed here (such as divine challenges and expectations). Still, the chance to experience in such a dimensional fashion is exactly what ‘life’ wanted (as if an entity unto itself - and that possibility can’t be discounted).

If not ‘wanted’, at least it could be said it is what life ‘needed‘.

The dimensional aspects and purposes of human features

Aside from the dimensions the corporeal offers, perhaps these so-called ‘features’ could also be looked upon as dimensions too. Moods certainly add dimensions to our everyday affairs, don’t they? So do emotions. Leading a dimension-less life would probably often explain why people get bored. Or else it’s a lack of appreciation for all at their disposal (the unrealized choices). And, possibly, a boring lifestyle might be the human tendency without these features. Laziness might be another tendency.

It would explain all the human features which drive people - call them ‘offsetting features’ - although for whatever reason not all folks are driven.

While there are several reasons why people would get bored or lazy - at least one could conclude that moods are one.

We also have to contend with the various moods constantly throwing us off balance. It might explain (at least partially) why full satisfaction is always kept just beyond reach. Or if it was obtained, a different mood would judge this satisfaction differently… perhaps to make it disappear.

Provided, of course, greed didn’t dispense with it sooner in order to start courting something loftier.

If instincts exist to offset ignorance- as appears the case - then perhaps moods exist to offset something else… possibly inexperience? After all, without moods we couldn’t experience (or know) the range of possibilities that an existence holds. And that may be important. Without moods we certainly wouldn’t know about attitudes… and attitudes are what creates lifestyles.

It could be said that moods serve as teachers then… empowered to demonstrate the various moody dispositions and what they can produce. How else would we know happiness? Or be able to create a disposition to our liking?

It boils down to choices… and the lifestyle we choose is how we get to know ourselves. We define ourselves in other ways too by our adopted traits. Astonishingly central to the scheme of things… how else can we possibly know who we are? For our benefit and for that of the universe, it’s the whole idea.

The moody apparatus, then, plays a crucial role… or does for some 40-50 years at least. Tired of riding this rollercoaster, many older folks would have willed it inoperable.

Mission complete by then anyway.

A.O. Kime

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