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, 2015 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, 2015 at 11:31
  • @RegDwigнt♦ What's the difference?
    – wyc
    Apr 23, 2015 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, 2015 at 13:14
  • @Oldbag Oh, yeah. I finally left it as "Hence the difficulty of getting rid of them."
    – wyc
    Apr 23, 2015 at 14:01

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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. Apr 23, 2015 at 11:01

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