Posts Tagged ‘function’

the function of a forbidden emotion: anger (by Ben Affleck)

August 24, 2013
Anger is an energy pattern that can break through the inhibitions of fear. That is it’s function.
Humor can also break through inhibitions of fear, but when the frightened suppression is greater than the power of the humor, the only immediate resolution to the fear is the panic of anger. Of course, fear can also subside over time (even dissolve), which can allow for humor to be newly effective.
Now let’s look at the function of fear more. The absence of fear does not establish safety. The presence of fear does not establish danger. So what is fear?
Fear is a signal of a perceived threat. What is threatened? Personal safety? A collective delusion? A proudly sincere pretense?
Fear is a signal for caution. Change focus. Be attentive to a possible risk.
When the rebellious intellectuals are terrified that Ben Affleck‘s movie role in Batman would be so interesting to the rest of the herd, they may make a condescending criticism. “The herd is so dumb. I set myself apart from them. I condescend on them.”
The intellectuals make a joke. They want to be seen as having insight and intelligence. “I am smarter than all of those folks who are obsessed about Ben Affleck because I am in no way focused on Ben Affleck (and no it is not ironic that I keep mentioning Ben Affleck and yet pretend not to be jealous of the attention that the herd gives Ben Affleck instead of my own great wisdom and insight and so on).”
When the fear of the masses is directed by the mainstream programming of terror, the masses may be trained to fixate their fear on a pre-packaged scandal or controversy, such as a proposed political reform (gun control, gay marriage, the cutting of social security benefits, “injust” justice court proceedings, the war in ____, abortion, GMO agriculture which kills bees, government spying on civilians, etc). The perception of the masses is directed and their emotional and behavioral responses are programmed. This influence is performed through movies, TV news, school curriculum, the sermon lessons duplicated throughout a particular bureaucracy of religious indoctrination, and so on.
The function of political theatrics in modern society may include the constant providing of outrageous scandals: “here is new evidence that the OTHER party is corrupt! Colin Powell lied in his testimony to Congress! Candidate X used marijuana! Governor Schwarzenegger not only raped several women, BUT he also had illegitimate children with 3 more than Clint Eastwood!”
English: Ben Affleck at the premiere for He's ...

English: Ben Affleck at the premiere for He’s Just Not That Into You. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is any of that actually important? Sure it certainly could be at least… if important means “whatever triggers obsession in the herds and keeps them tuned in for the anti-depressant commercials.”
So, what is anger exactly? When I am angry at someone, I am testing them for guilt and groundedness, as well as for their propensity for aggression. I am bullying them. Can they respond to my threats with calmness and relevance? Here is an example from my life….
Years ago, I yelled “Hey!” at my mom when she was “abusive” to her grandson. I interrupted her verbal assault with my own verbal assault, though mine was a single word: “Hey!”
More words of anger were not needed. The intensity of my “hey” was enough to completely shock her out of her breathless, frustrated delirium of “how many times do I have to tell you [her grandson] not to….”
However, in the moment that her attention was broken away from her prior fixation and was now resting on me, what would I say next? Would I chastise her for her behavior and call it abusive? Would I question her gently and invite introspection?
No, I simply changed subjects. I had already interrupted her behavior, which is all that I really had in mind, so, in the moment that she was focused on me and waiting for me to continue, I thought up some other subject, some other activity to propose that would be more appealing to her vanity (self-worth) than for her to keep berating her grandson’s “offenses.” Maybe I would even later ask her what happened with all of the prior discharge and then just listen and agree and validate her emotions.”Yes, how annoying of him! You kept CLEARLY repeating what you did not want him to focus on.  But he is so much less smart than you are! What the heck, huh? Why did he not thank you for your sincerity and wisdom? I mean, why can’t he just be as smart as you!?!?! You had a valid reason to be so frustrated and abusive… because he really was not avoiding the thing that you kept reinforcing with your attention as a great way to get your anger. If he had wanted your attention, after all, he could have just asked, right? He just needs to grow up. He is 2 years old. He simply needs to grow up. He is only 2 years old. He needs to grow up, right? So, heh heh, would that be okay with you?”
By the way, humbling (humiliating) others can be done in a variety off ways: privately, publicly, humorously, viciously. I have humiliated others (like as a boss, a public school teacher, and a parent). I have also been humiliated by others (like by my bosses, by public school teachers, and by my mom, including that time she said “I love you” to me when I was “too old” and my friends could hear her… and GRRRRR!!!!!).
Fear arises. Anger arises. Perhaps even envy. Life is aroused!
It can be valuable sometimes to have conversations about this, but it can be important that respect and integrity be maintained. Further, can it also be fun (humorous)?Or, is that “too distracting?” If there is “too much” posturing, then the integrity of the exploration can devolve in to placation and a competition over personal sincerity, which is NOT what I mean by integrity.
Sincerity argues over “Who is at fault? Who did something wrong? What simply must be avoided? What terrifying pattern is forbidden? Don’t you congratulate me for having such good intentions, even if the actual results were unnotable?”
Those are entirely valid subjects of conversation. However, they are also optional. Everyone can set their own boundary for what they will invest in and how.
Sidenote: did you notice the immense amount of attention that has been generated by casting Ben Affleck as Batman? If you did not know that there was a new Batman movie coming out, you do now, right? You should probably watch it- not because it might be entertaining itself of course, but just to see how bad he is, to complain about what a horrible acting job he did, maybe even to say that you wish you were as famous and wealthy as such a horrible actor as him. You probably deserve to be cast as Batman more than him, right?



functionality, confusion, and humor

August 4, 2013
  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Functioning is all that is happening. The after-the-fact  linguistic labeling of something as “my choice” is just another function of language.

    “I chose to be male because of a past life.” Really? Okay! So what?


    English: Shield of the United States Marine Co...

    English: Shield of the United States Marine Corps Security Guard Deutsch: Wappen der United States Marine Corps Security Guard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    “I will choose to be a security guard.” Congratulations!

    “I choose to have been born in the USA.” I’m so proud!


  • Daniel Fritschler

    What do any of these labels have to do with the things outside of language? Confusing

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Outside of language, there are no things. There is just the wordless functioning of life itself, which is also the source of all linguistic functioning, like all linguistic identifying of things and “I” and “we” and so on.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes exactly

    Yes I understand that

    The source

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    The Living ONE (“Yahweh”, etc) has various names for various facets likes a human has various limbs.

    but the facets or limbs are only “isolated” in language. There is no such thing as isolation or separation except in language. Or maybe there is. So what?



    English: Repartition map of the languages over...

    English: Repartition map of the languages over the world (version blank of key). See File:Languages world map.svg for full description. Esperanto: Mapo de la etendo de la lingvoj en la mondo (senpriskriba versio) Français : Carte de la répartition des langues dans le monde (version vierge de légende) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes so what? No idea. I suppose the only reason we keep meeting each other like this is because I confuse what you have just stated…I get all mentally twisted up…it seems.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Good point

    English: Tawi Tawi, Philippines (June 17, 2006...

    English: Tawi Tawi, Philippines (June 17, 2006) – A Department of Health security guard pauses for the playing of the United States National Anthem played by the U.S. Show Band embarked aboard the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). Mercy is on a five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Don Bray (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    One of the big myths is “there should be no confusion.” Really? Says who?

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes confusion is functional to have clarity at some point….but you are right it all goes hand in hand..

    And I dont know who said it but they were lying

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    I say that there should be no sausage. None. It is a crime and an insult and a threat.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes sausage can be….especially if it is big and black….asian sausage is ok I have heard….nothing to be threatened by

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    There should be no parody of reverse psychology. There should be no taboos because they are totally forbidden.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes the forbidden fruit or the allegory of?

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    I think you were confusing sausage with penis. Penises are okay. Sausages are not.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha oh yeah sensei thanks for clearing that up

    So the fobidden fruit is the thoughts of something or anything at all being forbidden

    Or negatice or bad

    It is all bullshit

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn


    Marine Security Guard students perform rapid-f...

    Marine Security Guard students perform rapid-fire exercises on the Department of State pistol qualification course Feb. 4 as part of their MSG graduation requirement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    The defining of something in particular as evil is the root of all evil. That is why Satan should not have been so disobedient to the all-powerful tree of which he was just a branch, until his eternal salvation on June 3rd, 2007.

    When he covered his dick with some ivy leaves or something. Or maybe he got circumcized by some Jews. Whatever. He is much better now though.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha yes great story as they all are….

    Maybe he got poison ivy or some shit

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    English: A Marine Security Guard reviews the e...

    English: A Marine Security Guard reviews the embassy’s security alarm system with the regional security officer. Text from (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Religions should not promote obedience to any particular authority. That is wrong.

    By the way, do NOT rub poison ivy on your dick. It is highly over-rated.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes calling the tree anything when I am a branch of it is working against the self….I see that as all of the branches have started growing away from me . The poison or the plague

    Haha yes wrong as in painful

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    I am so sorry that the other branches are like rays of a concentric thingy and you are not all tangled up in them anymore. That is tragic. How are you ever going to untangle yourself from the lack of tangles?

    Also, do you know anyone who can undo my circumcision because it is ruining my life?

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha…I know they messed up my circumcision too…. I get it you cant go back and replace the foreskin

    You cant go back it will make things bitter

    A pillar of salt

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Also, some myths that I was taught when I was young are limiting my perception. There should not be any myths because they are confusing.

    And my perception should not be how it is. This sucks! Can you feel my pain, people?

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha yes…I see how sad and pathetic these displays of attention are…good point

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    There is just too much salt in the world and I do not know what to do about it and I feel so guilty. I regret not feeling more guilty earlier in my life. How am I ever going to make up for it?

    I hate religions that promote guilt. That is so rare and unusual and odd that any religion would do that because all of the rest do not promote guilt at all.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha yes you are so literal all the time…you really need to stop being so literal all the time

  • Daniel Fritschler

    I suppose if there is too much salt and I didnt do anything about this it is because the salt is the log in my own vision….now that the salt has been seen…so what? Take the log out and enjoy the ride..instead of the dwelling on guilt which is the whole point of anybody who isn’t enjoying this ride called life….what do you think?

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Guilt has a function. Promoting guilt has a function. Religions have a function.


    There is NO development that has no function. The idea that “there is at least one development that has no function” also has a function.

    confusing one thing for something else may serve a function of showing one’s loyalty to a tyrant, conforming to a cultural myth to fit in and not be attacked.

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    “My teacher is the most bestest because she encourages us to think for ourselves by using essay questions on her tests rather than multiple choice items.”

    But… how exactly can a teacher promote “thinking for yourself?” Communication is influence. To promote that others think for themselves, would it make more sense to ignore them completely or give them a curriculum of “how to learn to be spontaneous in 72 easy steps?”

    The best days are not planned

    The best days are not planned (Photo credit: Marcus Hansson)

    In what cultures do we see “thinking for yourself” made in to a sacred ideal and idolatry? Fascist cultures? Isn’t that a bit ironic?

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha yes you are right…promoting anything would be promoting something….so you can promote not to promote….pretty silly

    Can not

    The diver

    The diver (Photo credit: Roel Driever)

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Which ideal that I have been programmed to have by society is the one that most demonstrates the importance of “thinking for myself?” Would it be the programmed ideal of “think for yourself?”

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    Ideals are values are presumptions are biases. That is not a problem. That is the function of linguistic activity- to create bias AKA focus.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes I see the function and understand how I habe been confusing a function for an ideal

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    There should be no ideals, no focus, no programs, no conditioning, no priorities, no presumptions, and no linguistic constructions. It is only for your own good that I ram this in to your head.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Haha..I am sure…asshat

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    no preferences, no authority, no confusion, no negativity, etc

    no denial, no antagonism, no rebellion

    no reverse psychology


  • Daniel Fritschler

    Oh…well what is left then?

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    The problem with reality is that everything has a function.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Yes that just totally sucks

    It is a major problem

    We need to fix it

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    in order to compensate for your shame and guilt, you should prevent things from having a function and also make the things that do not have any function have a better one.

  • Daniel Fritschler

    Or see the functions and the patterns and understand them and then work with them….maybe?

    Haha yes…persecute the self…ne a martyr. ..give out of lack so that I can be burdened for others…..very wise sensei

  • J R Fibonacci Hunn

    sails are not meant to work with the wind. that is heresy and blasphemy and insanity. that is not the function of sails. wake the fuck up, dude.

  • Daniel Fritschler


    Haha yes sir




acknowledging anger’s function (since a whole spirit is inclusive)

April 20, 2012


This is all about de-emphasizing any singular importance to anger, though to do that, we also may recognize a functionality for anger. Many of us may have “collapsed” (interlocked) anger and fear to such an extent that we are afraid to ever display anger, thus we may not recognize the value of anger (or fear). Of course, there is also tremendous value in knowing how to inhibit anger (or at least in inhibiting DISPLAYS of anger… or fear).

From being punished and so forth, we learn to fear displaying anger, so we inhibit it- sometimes to the extent that we are numb or blind or insensitive to our own anger until it surprises us or someone else. That capacity to inhibit is adaptive (contextually). Of course, so is anger itself, or else why would evolution (or God) produce and keep it?

In pretending to be angry, pick something you used to be angry about, then pretend to still be angry about it. Even talking about something you used to be angry about and demonstrating how you used to be about it IS pretending to still be angry.


Anger (Photo credit: ZORIN DENU)

Pretending to be angry is expressing any anger that is not currently “sincere.” It is imagining what being angry is like. You can use an old sincere anger of yours or anything else. You can tell a joke or story in which you demonstrate the anger of a particular character.

Consider that those who are “overwhelmed” may be experiencing motivation to express something which they have learned to inhibit. For instance, if it seems that anger is overwhelming, that could be due to inhibiting it. So, the typical response to “overwhelm” is further inhibiting the immediate perceived source of overwhelm. Another alternative is to safely explore the possibility of raising or lowering inhibition. Inhibition can be functional, and so can anger, as well as fear, and even overwhelm.


Raiva-Ager-Icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overwhelm is a signal. Understanding the signal of overwhelm, one recognizes the alternative to reduce any inhibitions on self-expression. Self-expression is also functional, though there are many ways to express anything and which form of expression manifests may correspond precisely to the context of one’s commitments.

When anger is inhibited severely, physical symptoms may manifest. When anger is completely uninhibited, that can be even less functional. Between no inhibition at all- like an infant- and total inhibition, there is a broad range of possible functionalities, as well as even the functionality of expressing anger one does not identify as one’s own. If others seem angry but are not expressing it, it may even be a service to display anger directly or even just tell a story or joke involving anger.

Expressing anger is a way to interrupt someone else’s process, redirecting their attention to you and possibly further to our own focus. For instance, if I tell you that I am angry about some political proposal, first your attention is invited to me personally and second to the target of my anger.

Functionally, these two are the same communications with a potentially insignificant variation in form: “Give me another damn cookie right now!” “Dear, if you would be so kind, can you give me another cookie, please?”

Also, noticing that blaming and justifying are just a few possible ways to focus, I invite you to question any blaming or justifying, such as: “I am right about this issue and anyone who does not agree with me that I am right, well, hmph, they do not even deserve my attention, which is why I am telling you and anyone else who will listen to me go on about them and about how wrong they are and how justified I am in my rejection or even condemnation of them.” In other words, “pay attention to me and the target or focus of my attention, pretty please… damn it!

Published on: Mar 29, 2010

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Emotions associated with anger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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