Recently, I heard a news report indicating that artificial intelligence cannot be programmed to understand humor. AI doesn’t get the punch line. I have to tell you, that made me feel good.
Humans were not meant to be duplicated. Yes, it’s nice to have computers and technology to make life easier and more efficient. Improvements in science, medicine, and business are incredible. The list goes on and on.
But technology is a tool of mankind, not a replacement of mankind. Joy, fear, anger, sadness, jealousy, excitement, shame, guilt, disgust, and contempt are all things humans experience.
Throughout my life, I’ve tried to control those negative things listed above. A feeling of guilt occurs when I’m feeling some of those. But I can’t control what I’m feeling. I can reel it in, but I can’t cork it completely.
Then I found out…that’s okay! If someone hurts you, it’s okay to feel angry. If you do something that you know isn’t right, it’s okay to feel shame. If you get passed over for a promotion that someone else gets who you believe isn’t as qualified, it’s okay to feel jealousy.
But recognize what the emotion is, recognize what caused it, and recognize that you just have to work through it. Some things may require help, some things may require tough conversations, some things may even require that changes be made. In the long run, that very possibly could be for the better.
Emotions are to be experienced, not ignored. Emotions are often what cause us to act. The joy in accomplishing something you worked hard to achieve is to be treasured. The love you feel every time you look at your child is to be treasured. The way your heart melts when your spouse smiles at you and gives you a hug and a kiss is to be treasured. The shared laughter with another person when you hear a joke is to be treasured. And yes, the anger you feel when you have been wronged is to be treasured.
Because that is what makes us human. And human beings are to be treasured.