If an emotion or idea is thought, but never put forth by written or spoken word, does it still exist? It all falls back on the theory that it isn't who you are on the inside, but the person you appear as to others on the outside who is the real "you". It was once written that a truly evil man can do purely good deeds and practice nothing but kindness throughout his entire life and only on his deathbed say "I fooled you". Is he still an evil man? If we keep all of our stories and ideas in our minds and never express them, are they really worth anything? Can we say, "I am a very emotional person, I just never show it."? If we have a brilliant idea and yet never share it with anyone, can we still call ourselves genii? If a tree cracks in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?
Just a thought.