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Although pragmatism has its values for society as a whole, emotion is necessary for the individual to find a place within society.

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´╗┐Personal Journal 1 In discussion regarding the changing roles of men and women in the last 50 years, there came an outpouring of weighted responses from a great number of students, both male and female. These weighted responses stemmed from an emotional reaction regarding gender discrimination. It was said that, because racial discrimination is unethical, gender discrimination must follow similarly. However, the idea of ethics is relative at its core. What is moral and immoral changes as the general sentiments of society evolve. ...read more.

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However, it is illogical to consider that anything deemed immoral is truly wrong, it has merely been categorized as immoral or unethical and these ideas exiled into undesirable parts of society. In short, these societal attitudes are based on emotion. These feelings have a rational basis. In nature, one could argue that each organism contributes and influences the world and every other living being in a subtle, yet profound way. However, it could also be argued that selection in nature allows the strongest, most able to survive as the least able are consumed or discarded. ...read more.

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In spite of the distortion of emotion and its effects on society and on the individual, emotion is essential to the normal function of an individual. Emotions have basis, but are never truly justified. They are based on instinct, a combination of courage and fear. Emotions allow one to determine absolutes in an environment in which very little is known, specifically regarding one's purpose as a human and the significance of life in general. Although pragmatism has its values for society as a whole, emotion is necessary for the individual to find a place within society. Emotion allows for a sense of belonging and sense of self. In this way, the significance of emotion cannot be refuted. ...read more.

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