Man is a complex congregation of chemicals. And all activities are chemical reactions. So in a nut shell, Being Human, is actually all about chemistry! ( Someone tell it to Salman Khan!
In a layman's term, Even simplest of brain functions, like - not thinking but still breathing, or, just thinking that I am hungry, is a chemical reaction in brain where released chemicals make a chemical gradient, resulting in an electronic gradient, generating a electrochemical impulse which travels through the nerve to result in an action.
So that was the back ground of this post. Now lets focus on to today's topic. Emotions.
An Emotion is a mental and physiological state associated with a wide variety of feelings, thoughts and behavior. Their is a region (set of brain structures) in brain which support a variety of functions including emotion
, long term memory
, and olfaction
, which is called lymbic system. An emotion is a pleasant or an unpleasant state organized in lymbic system.
Any stimuli, be it external or internal , causes certain brain parts to react. Now brain is nothing but a large lump of nerve cells. So any stimulus it receives, produces some spark somewhere and it reacts in the only way it knows, by releasing some chemicals which give rise to some electrochemical impulse and the body reacts.
When the concentration of certain chemicals in Lymbic system is disturbed, body is in an emotional state which gives rise to more chemical secretion and absorption which results in body behaving in one way or the other.
Now suppose , in a system, these chemical gradients start behaving in a non standard way? This is where the shit hits the fan and all sorts of things start happening. Because , as is already mentioned, Man being Man, will not be a proper man without exact concentration of all those chemicals which are required. The most dangerous aspect of this revelation is that suppose the said misbehavior of body physiology, if is not visually detected still there is something wrong which is not manifested in simple results like fever or pain. It starts manifesting in behavior. People become un naturally emotional. When one says that some one is emotional wreck,. it basically means that that person is chemically sick.
Some of the most famous personalities in history ( actual as well as fictitious ) , I believe were in truth, were them chemically sick individuals. especially those personalities who are famous not because of their ingenuity, but because of the deeds they did.
I mean, it is a much easier explanation of unrivaled valour of people like baba deep singh!
And also Devdas. A fictional character, but one as famous as Don Quixote ! ( I am assuming not as many Indians know Don Q as they know Devdas ). I am 100% sure now that Devdas had a strong hormonal imbalance or their was some chemical mis physiology. How else one can explain the complete nutty behavior of Devdas
? To say it was love is , well chemically it might be correct but the truth may be that there was TOO much love, as in the chemicals which influence that part of brain which facilitate the care, feeding, and grooming of offspring. Too much of their concentration would result in thinking too much about the person who invokes these feelings and then the person becomes mental as our poor DevD.
The interesting thing about this is , what would have happened if Devdas had gone under a battery of tests? would Sharat Chandra still had been able to write Devdas the novella ?