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Human Emotion #4 Sadness

The definition of Sadness from Wikipedia

Sadness is an emotion characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, and helplessness. When sad, people often become quiet, less energetic, and withdrawn.

Sad is the opposite of happy. It is similar to the emotions of sorrow, grief, misery, and melancholy. The philosopher Baruch Spinoza defined sadness as the transfer of a person from a large perfection to a smaller one.

Sadness can be viewed as a temporary lowering of mood, whereas depression is characterized by a persistent and intense lowered mood, as well as disruption to one’s ability to function in day to day matters.

Various quotes:

“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” – Jim Rohn

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“I too have known joy and sadness, and, on the whole, I prefer joy” –  Ashleigh Brilliant

Matthew 19:22

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Matthew 26:22

They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”

Matthew 26:37

He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.

Luke 24:18

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

2 Corinthians 7:6

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,

God allows for us to be sad.  But with this sadness, once we turn to Him, it returns great joy in the form of repentance and eternal life.

2 Corinthians 7:8-10

8Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

I think it is important to remember that Godly sorrow does bring us to repentance and leads to salvation.  While worldly sorrow leads to maybe everyone else feeling sorry for you, but does not point us in the right direction.  Towards God.

I finally think that I’m beginning to understand this thing called Human Emotion.  It appears that through my observation of humans, that some show their emotions quite often, while others keep them all bottled up inside.  Maybe after I cover the emotions of fear and love, I will look at the control mechanism for emotions.  Is there such a thing?  So much to learn.

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