Our emotions aren't something we experience, but who we are. Hence the [...] to get rid of them.

I thought of the word futility but I think it denotes more 'uselessness' than impossibility?

  • Some terms engineers love: infeasibility, untenability, intractability. – Dan Bron Apr 23 '15 at 10:31
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    Impossibility is fine. But it should really be the impossibility of getting rid of them, and not the impossibility to get rid of them. – RegDwigнt Apr 23 '15 at 11:31
  • @RegDwigнt♦ What's the difference? – janoChen Apr 23 '15 at 11:49
  • @janoChen - My friend, I'm having trouble accepting your premise. Emotional responses can be altered. In fact, "training and discipline required" inserted into your brackets would make more sense to me. (IMHO) – Oldbag Apr 23 '15 at 13:14
  • @Oldbag Oh, yeah. I finally left it as "Hence the difficulty of getting rid of them." – janoChen Apr 23 '15 at 14:01

If you want to convey the idea of something that is impossible to do I'd rephrase as:

Hence there is no way to get rid of them!


Futility is more "wasted action on something impossible to achieve", so it would be "Hence the futility of trying to get rid of them." in your context.

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    Hello nkjt. We're looking for answers backed up by authoritative quotes on ELU (not just correct ones) where possible. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 23 '15 at 11:01

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