As earlier discussed, emotional scale measures our existence and emotions. In the previous post, we went from the highest levels on the scale and descended gradually.
1.1 Covert Hostility
A person who is at this stage is stuck somewhere in between anger of 1.5 and fear at 1.0. He has the tendency of destroying but is only stopped by the fear of being caught or punished. He sees the world only as a dangerous place but he is not supposed to express it and this makes him to have the intention of hurting others but on the outside is nice and kind. This stage of the scale is the most dangerous level mostly because anybody at this stage will be deceived by him. He will put on a facade of being very trustworthy when his true intentions are to weaken and diminish. This person bases all his actions on the past. He is driven by the failures and fears that have gathered in his life.
How do you feel when you receive a threat to your life? Fear is the emotion that envelops you whenever your survival is immediately threatened. When we are unaware of what to do to defend ourselves, we become gripped with fear. When a person is afraid, there are physical reactions that you will notice and they are characteristics if this stage. They include trembling, muttering, sweating, or weeping. Every human has explained fear at one time in life but when a person is always in this emotional level, he will be caged by the fear that past incidents have caused him and this never ends. We will still have emotions that cause us fear so if fear rules you, you won’t run short of reasons to keep being afraid.
In the event of not resolving fear and the threat does not stop, we may resort to shedding of tears due to the sense of failure or loss. We are very sure that the particular threat to our survival is only going to lead to our end. So we weep because that is the only way we can communicate to our surroundings no matter how terrible the situation is. That way we make a desperate attempt to solicit for support or even compassion. It may be that we have lost a loved one whose life was the foundation of our survival or the death of someone awakens the subconscious memories we have of another death that has occurred in the past. We could be in grief when our dog dies and because we will miss his gentle touch and the way he brought joy into our life. It may be that the situation that causes grief is that you lost your job and you are thinking of ways to take care of your family. All these are incidents that cause sadness and grief in us.
When we cry and our tears are unable to help us, we lose hope and immediately believe that no action can save us. When we are very sure that no action can cause survival, we then lie motionless. This can be referred to as as a state of catatonia. Catatonia is an extreme state where a person who is overcome by drugs or a great shock no longer feels anything and does not react to his surroundings or respond to conversations. A person in this state can still move and under social pressure may look like he performs actions but it is only under social pressure and even the simplest of actions is performed robotically. He can not take responsibility for whatever he does but he will still obey orders even though he doesn’t know what the outcome of his actions are.
At this point, a body’s lifetime has ended. When death occurs, the spirit departs from the body, which deteriorates because it is no longer in use.
Every person goes up and down the Scale of Existence and Emotions throughout their existence. As far as you are alive, you have a fixed, long term position on the scale where your countenance remains most of the time. A person who has a high survival and emotional level on the scale might drop down on the scale whenever he faces a failure or a setback or even a disappointment. However, he doesn’t stay low for a long time before he snaps back to his permanent place in the scale.
Going down the scales once in a while is not so bad as it is possible that even Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha who might have been at 40.0 most of the time also plunged into if he was served rice that was too cold or too salty.
The temporary position a person takes in the scale is dependent on the incidents going on at that time. When a person spends most of their life in Grief, he will rise to Enthusiasm if he’s opportuned to win a huge sum of money on a gamble or a bet.
People who live miserably can move up to 1.1 when they are able to get some immediate relief and if the plan they make has worked, they may be in a state of content for a while. As soon as the illusion fades, you see them sitting back on their usual position of Fear or Grief.