We can clear it with a small mental experiment. Take two persons from different physical environments. One is well educated and well settled and the other is illiterate and slum living. Both were standing in a street for a long and the sun was shining above their head. There is public tap besides them. Observe what would they do. It is quite obvious that the illiterate slum living man would drink from the public tap, while the educated well settled would not, thinking that it is not suite for his status or the water may be infective or germicide. He would be more comfortable with this thirst rather than drinking from a public tap.
Now let us analyze physical environment of both of them. The illiterate slum living – he is a man of little knowledge, financially weak and his environment is slum, his family and friends are also from the slum and their views and attitudes are also according to it. He cannot find any fault to drink from the tap. It is not against his ethics and it can do nothing to his status. But on the contrary, the second man is well educated. He can think of the germs, he was from such as family, society, which taught him to think like that, more over he has to think what other people may think of him, seeing him drinking from a public tap.
Now look in to the picture again and again, what should be the main reason prevents him from quench this thirst. Obviously is his consciousness of status —the thought what others may think— that is his emotional environment. On the other hand, the emotional environment of the illiterate man has the preference of quenching thirst. His emotional environment just says him to drink, not conscious of others, rather it is quite natural to him.
Now let us look in to the emotional ethics on us. Take the two same persons on account. The first one educated gentle man waiting in a bus stop. He is already late to his destination. His bus arrives but did not stop there, just slow down and kept running. What would he do? He may run behind the bus for a few meter and make a sound “Shhh…” or alike, but misses his bus. He will be further late to his destination. Place the second man– illiterate slum living on the picture. What would be his performance? He will run behind the bus making voice above all sounds and attract the driver’s attention to stop the bus. According to his emotional environment that is the right thing to do. And he is right too. What harm could it do if it helps to save your time or at least to be on time?
The emotional environment is purely influenced with our culture, ethics and perspectives as I stated above. This process may also be unconscious. But it is not completely out our control. We can essentially direct our emotional environment. How? The answer is to sharpen our ethics and perspectives with adding some logics to it. Rethink your views on matters, reactions on situations and perspectives of dignity and reconstruct them with the spices of logics.
I think it would be worth reading the last paragraph in a little more depth. My next blog will be on that purpose, so keep visiting my blog.