it is not telling you how you feel.Actually, that's what its purpose is.
You are asking a question as unanswerable as this; "How can you tell me how much TEN is?One more than nine.
Two less than twelve.
Five groups of two.
How can I know that TEN to you means as much as TEN to me?
You can't, but feelings are irrelevant. Ten is not reducible further as an idea, it refers to an event in objective reality.
One more than nine? So you are defining a relative value by contrasting it with other relative values? Are you trying to disprove or reinforce my point? Numbers don't refer to events in objective reality in the same way that "snowstorm" or "electron" refers to events in objective reality. A number is like my screen name; we both know what we're talking about, but the rest of "objective reality" cares little what a dead last is or what I mean by it.
Feelings are irrelevant? I am suggesting here that the temperature refined through the heat index is a relatable and quantifiable notion. Feelings are not irrelevant because that is exactly what is being described through the numbers (which you claim exist in objective reality and can therefore be used to relate to them) that we use in temperature. If feelings are indeed irrelevant then haven't you nullified your own point?
I'm trying to say that if a weather forecaster tells you what the heat index is, he is not demanding that you now begin feeling a certain way. He is describing what you can expect. I tell you to drive a fork into your eye (make sure your fingers come into contact with the socket please) and that you will experience much pain. Are you going to tell me that know I am somehow imposing feeling on you?
Crow, I've been lurking this forum for a longer time than most of you would be comfortable with knowing and I look forward to your posts more than any others. However this is a case where clarity would behoove you (there I go again, telling people how to feel
). Unless this is indeed some concept too vast to be reiterated with language, which may very well be the case. But if so, why try to share?