We as humans can experience a full range of emotions. We can feel excited when something good happens and sad when something bad occurs. We can be up on an emotional high one minute and then down the next. It is amazing the wide range of feelings that we can experience in the course of just a single day. Sometimes the emotional state we are in can last for hours and sometimes it can fade in a just a moment. Controlling our emotions and disguising them is a uniquely human trait. Using conscience thought and the disciple of mind over matter, we as humans can change our emotions and bury them deep enough to deceive those around us about our true feelings.
We all at one time have smiled and cracked a joke when we are actually feeling the opposite. We put on a calm front for all to see when actually on the inside we are a boiling cauldron of emotional turmoil. We can feign sadness when bringing our mother-in-law to the airport after a 2 weeks visit, shedding big crocodile tears all the way to the terminal, while actually inside we are feeling a euphoria known only to those in history who have been liberated from an evil dictator. Then later telling all who will listen of the “pleasure trip” we just came back from.
Friends will ask, “Was it a trip to Disney, a cruise to the Bahamas, a cabin in the mountains? What was your pleasure trip?”
“I just brought my mother in law to the airport!” High fives all around!
Humans have the singular distinction of being able to shield out our true feelings. Imagine if the truth of how we really feel were impossible to hide. What a different world it would be. Picture a parent trying to solve the mystery of “who took the last cookie” when confronting children who could not hide their emotions. Or imagine a police detective interviewing a suspect who only showed the truth on their face. No one would ever need be summoned for jury duty ever again. Crimes would be solved through emotional honesty in the interview process. Is there a world where true emotions are always on display? Yes there is, it’s in the animal kingdom. Just look at these guilty dogs, maybe the world would be a better place if we all followed their lead: