Disgust, contempt, jealousy, & desire

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English: Gravitational potential is a scalar potential energy per unit mass at each point in space associated with the force fields. : \phi = -( \frac{GM}{r}) . In this case, M = 100 000 kg, G = -6.67E-11 http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2010/08/ejs-open-source-gravitational-field.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Contempt is an extreme form of repulsion, like disgust or panic. If something is very disgusting to us, then even a brief reference to the subject could cause a panic or tantrum, leading to the expression of contempt.


Why would we have such a strong repulsion to something- even just as a topic of conversation? The strength of the repulsion is proportionate to the strength of the attraction.


If I actually am very attracted to something, but I fear that attraction, like if that extreme attraction is jarring or startling or disturbing or terrifying, then the extreme attraction may lead to an equally extreme repulsion. My mechanism for coping with the disturbance of the extreme attraction may be to create a balance with extreme repulsion.


It is like when there is a very heavy object placed at the top of a steep hill. The weight of the object and the angle of the steep hill provide a large quantity of potential energy. There is a lot of force and power available in that arrangement. So, to keep that object from moving, it can take a very strong structure to resist the potential energy of gravity, right?


Likewise, if we want to confine a large amount of water in to a dam, then we would need to have a dam that is strong enough to work as a lasting barrier to that amount of water. If we double or triple the amount of water to be stored, then we may need to increase the height of the dam or the width or both. We may need to reinforce the dam.


A strong attraction is what creates the demand for a strong repulsion or a strong resistance. Contempt is what we call a strong repulsion and it always corresponds to a strong attraction.


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Beauty Parade — November 1953 … Amid unemployment and inequality, is the American Dream at risk? (October 26, 2011) …item 2.. Scranton’s Public Workers’ Pay Cut to Minimum Wage (July 7, 2012) … (Photo credit: marsmet522)


The attraction may be the opposite of the target of contempt, or it may not. In other words, if I say that I have contempt for hot summers, maybe that means I really like cool winters very much, right? However, do people ever have contempt for hot summers?


Typically, contempt may actually be an extreme form of jealousy. What is jealousy? It is an obvious mixture of strong attraction and strong repulsion.


So, I may be extremely attracted to something, but then suppress that desire and express the desire through intense jealousy, which is not actually acting on the desire or attraction. I desire something strongly, then experience intense jealousy because of a “conflict” within me of both attraction and repulsion. (Typically the repulsion is simply fear, like if I am attracted to a particular person but I fear rejection by them or I fear being the target of criticism or injury if I act directly on the desire.)


"Jealousy and Flirtation" depicts a ...

“Jealousy and Flirtation” depicts a woman jealous of the attention given to another woman by a man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


If the attraction is not as immediate as in the case of jealousy (in which the primary energy of attraction is obvious), then I may manifest contempt toward whatever is attractive to me. I manifest contempt as a way to maintain a safe distance (even if I am curious or even obsessed- but from a distance).


For instance, many people may express extreme contempt for something (like government corruption), and yet eventually they get fascinated by the subject and begin to explore it occasionally and then voraciously, becoming obsessed. Even law enforcement personnel can be assigned to become an expert on a subject that disturbs them. If they are so disturbed by something that they have contempt for it, then they may not be very skilled as an investigator or analyst. They would be too disturbed by the subject to be calmly objective.


Attraction and repulsion in electricity

Attraction and repulsion in electricity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


So, I could show contempt for something, but eventually the underlying attraction could create enough familiarity that the contempt shifts toward jealousy. If the repulsion of the jealousy also eventually diminishes, then all that would be left would be the originating impulse of the desire.


Keep in mind that a desire to avoid something is still a desire. A desire to prevent something is a desire. A desire to attack something or condemn something is of course still a desire. Every form of desire (impulse, magnetism, attraction) is desire.


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English: Pendulum converts potential energy to kinetic energy and back. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Many people say that only attraction is a form of desire. However, repulsion can also be considered a form of desire- or at least of magnetism, motivation, potential energy.

What is the difference between saying that the big rock at the top of a hill is attracted to the valley or repulsed from the peak? The difference is only a difference of perspective, of labels. The amount of the energy of attraction is always the same amount of energy as repulsion, for attraction and repulsion are relative terms (ways to label or relate to something). The intensity of energy is not changed by using the labels of attraction and repulsion.



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It is like the score in a sporting event with two teams competing. If we say the team in the lead is ahead by 10 points, that is the same as saying that the team which is behind has 10 points less than the other team. The difference in the score is the same size difference no matter whether we talk about how big the lead is or how big the deficit is. The deficit and the lead both refer to the same thing, but in different words.



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Contempt, jealousy, disgust, and desire all refer to energy. Intense energy can be labeled in a variety of ways, but no matter what labels are used, the actual energetic impulse is still the same. Even to use the word contempt is to manifest a repulsive or suppressive energy.


Both contempt and jealousy reveal desire. In the most basic sense, both contempt and jealousy are forms of desire- even if only a desire to avoid, prevent, criticize, withdraw, suppress, resist, or repel.













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One Response to “Disgust, contempt, jealousy, & desire”

  1. Jealousy Says:

    Jealousy benefits no one but harms everyone. Jealousy eats up your virtue energy and humanity. It is better to be humane than jealous.

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