Can Human Emotions Be Directly Linked to the Environment?

The year 2020 has been wrought with emotional strife and strain, given the consistent fears of COVID-19 and the flared tempers arising from political and racial tension. With so much emotional havoc it makes one wonder if the energy created might have a direct affect on the surrounding environment.

The New York Times recently published an article that shared the intensity of the hurricanes that have plagued most of 2020. According to the article, the arrival of our latest storm “has broken the annual record for the number of storms strong enough to be given names.”

The idea that 2020 has been more than tumultuous to say the least, and that the storms that have brewed throughout the year have been just as ravenous as the emotions of humans, leads one to ponder on the idea that maybe…just maybe, there is a direct link between people and the world around them.

True, some might argue that the idea of such a link is a stretch, but hey, it’s worth the consideration. The website World Builder brought together hundreds of scientists and educators who obviously felt the same. Many of those who dabbled with the notion that human emotions could affect the environment suggested that we are already seeing how human emotions have the ability to reflect light. As one of the contributors stated in the discussion:

           “Blushing is produced by the vasodilation of the capillary blood vessels under the skin, resulting in the characteristic reddening – 1st physical effect, changing the spectrum of the reflected light. The increase in blood flow enhances heat exchange – 2nd physical effect, warming the environment.”

It is not suggested that one person, or even a group of people, would have the ability to change the environment simply by standing outside and feeling enraged. However, can it be disputed that hundreds of millions of people who are feeling angry or frightened around the same time could somehow emit enough energy to agitate air molecules?

Everyone would agree that the year 2020 was wrought with individuals who felt anger or fear as a result of our current pandemic or political state. The level of high emotion has been shared by billions of people worldwide, and as a result, the intensity of wind pressure has outnumbered any from prior history.

If the laws of thermodynamics stand true, then energy can’t be created or destroyed—which means it has to come from somewhere. We all have our own power source living within that can easily be converted to output massive amounts of energy. So, if you have billions of people sharing high levels of emotional turmoil, then how can we ignore the idea that the energy produced from such emotion would not somehow have an impact on the world around us?

If we have the power to contribute to the environment, then maybe we have a chance to save it. By simply taking our own emotional wellbeing into consideration, we will begin a process of healing for ourselves, one another, and the planet. It’s a reach, but one worthy of consideration.


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