Monday, December 12, 2011

Heart Has its Own Reason

It would be foolish to categorically refute the value of critical reasoning. In fact very often we are able to gauge a situation accurately, and understand the behavior of “the other” (external world) very well. Thus to say that reason is useless in our attempt to understand the nature of “the other” is simply not true. Bad reasoning does not make the virtue of using critical reasoning bad in itself. Only valid conclusion we can draw from the instances of bad reasoning is that we missed something, or our reasoning was faulty.
We always use reasoning, however crude or bad it may be. The cognitive theory of mind has proved that every feeling is preceded by a thought, which is nothing but a dialogue with our own self. Whenever we do not understand “the other” we use reasoning to understand it. It happens in spite of our wanting or not wanting to use reasoning, because the mind abhors any kind of vacuum, void, or puzzles. Our mind, whenever a void is created in it, always finds out ways to fill itself with the most appealing reasons. We are programmed in such a way that we must understand what we do not understand.     

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Thus use of our reasoning mind is not in our hand. Our rational mind is a real part of our brain that is always working whether we like it or not.

Even when we are under the influence of strong emotions our reasoning mind does not stop working. Only thing is that the austerity and purity of critical reasoning is corrupted by our own emotions. 

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 For instance, a man whose love has not been requited is filled with disgust and bitterness, and may find solace and comfort in the bosom of an ugly woman. And what if he says,”You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” The man obviously deceives himself for momentary pleasure, and the woman thinks he has seen something that other’s have failed to see. Thus he is telling the truth. This is how she deceives herself. Both reason out each other's behavior under the influence of their emotions.

Such is the nature of our reasoning mind. We warm blooded mammals move effortlessly back and forth from the cold wintry chill of pure reasoning to the sanguine warmth of pure emotions and feelings.


nothingprofound said...

Great post! You sum up your whole argument beautifully in the last paragraph. I tend to prefer feeling to thought, I feel that's where the richness of life lies. I like to be overwhelmed by the beauty and wonder of existence.

Anastasia F-B said...

Emotion seems to me to be a far more powerful force than reason, a force which pursues it's own ends. Anyway, What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind! :-)

Yogendra Rawat said...

Hi Marty,

Thanks for your comment. I agree with you, that our feelings and emotions is what make our life rich and colorful. A world without love and compassion would make it unbearable.


Yogendra Rawat said...

Hi Ana,

Thanks for your comment. You are right about emotions. We never stop hoping against the hope and continue to pursue the object of our desire even when we know that it is out of our reach. Thus, yes, our life is governed more by emotions than cold reasoning.

truly yours,

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