Bill: I thought I heard a voice.
Voice: Bill! This is a Message from Heaven.
Bill: I don't believe this. Is Heaven on speaking terms with world?
Voice: Not often.
Bill: Why me?
Bill: Speak, Lord. I listen.
Voice: We created all things in universe – vast reaches of galaxies and magnificent life on earth. Among all life forms, We endowed man with a superior intelligence, to recognize events around him and to fashion an immense host of feelings. Feelings warn him of danger, drive him to work and make him love and protect his children.
Bill: But, Lord, feelings drive us mad. We cry in sadness and weep in shame. We are burdened by guilt and goaded by ambition. Feelings torture us in our waking hours and chase us in our nightmares. Could you kindly take back this gift of feelings? Not wanting to hurt Your feelings...
Voice: When you were a young civilisation, you needed feelings.
Bill: Nobody could ever need all that pain.
Voice: Aeons ago, feelings guided men. Fear made him run away from roar of lion. And love prevented him from eating his young. But, across millenniums, you have grown and accumulated wisdom. Now, you really don't need crutch of painful feelings. You can walk free!
Bill: Save me from jests, Lord. How can mankind ever be rid of pain and fear, anger and jealousy? Those emotions take hold, even before we realise it.
Voice: Yes. That is order of things – way system works. Your purpose in life is to live it fully against its immense odds. Left unsolved, those difficulties caused you pain, anger, or frustration. Emotions were supreme gift, which forced you to solve those problems. But, across centuries, you have accumulated wisdom. That wisdom resides within you.
Bill: But, Lord, where does such wisdom reside within me?
Voice: Within your nerve cells. We gifted you with more than a hundred billion. Each cell perceives, remembers, recalls and recognizes. You see and remember sunset to recognize approach of night.
Bill: But, Lord, I feel anger and hatred, pain and disgust. Where do these reside?
Voice: Nerve cells fire to stir your emotions. If one fires, you feel dread. If another fires, you feel pleasure. Your own scientists discovered these age old secrets. The nerve cells of your limbic system lie at core of your joy and delight, pain and anger. Their patterns of firing decide your feelings and emotions.
Bill: But, Lord, that limbic system drives us out of our minds.
Voice: The memories of your limbic system carry experiences of all of living history. It recognizes pattern of events in your environment and responds with fitting feelings. Those feelings drive you to action. It is called pattern recognition.
Bill: You mean pattern recognition moves us? One region recognizes events from patterns in environment. The limbic system recognizes events and triggers feelings. And motor system recognizes pattern of feelings and triggers actions?
Voice: Exactly. Pattern recognition. Most of your scientists still believe nerve cells compute. Actually, they don't compute. They fire when they recognize patterns. But views of science will change. Understanding and peace of mind will follow.
Bill: But, Lord, if nerve cells merely recognize patterns and respond automatically, are we just automatons? Did you not grant us a free will?
Voice: Of course you have a free will, residing in your pre-frontal regions. Those regions recognize whole picture. It is just that you are ruled by your limbic system, rather than free and measured will expressed by your pre-frontal regions. Raw emotions, rather than dispassionate views of whole guide you.