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Crazy People Think They Have All The Answers
Feeling tempered with logic.
Thinking tempered with compassion
Reason and logic can however be thought of as distinct, although logic is one important aspect of reason. Author Douglas Hofstadter, in Gödel, Escher, Bach, characterizes the distinction in this way. Logic is done inside a system while reason is done outside the system by such methods as skipping steps, working backward, drawing diagrams, looking at examples, or seeing what happens if you change the rules of the system. Reason is a type of thought, and the word "logic" involves the attempt to describe rules or norms by which reasoning operates, so that orderly reasoning can be taught
originally posted by: Astrocyte
I admit, this title is a straw man. The true answer goes something like this:
Reason needs feeling to be reasonable; feeling needs to reason to be valuable.
Yin and Yang - not "Yaldaoboth" - the western mythos - but the complementarity at the root of being. Simple answer: superstition brings bad luck, to quote Raymond Smullyan.
Feeling is Neurobiological
Attachment theory has the ontological potential to change and persuade any mind that has come to believe that reality is inherently dysfunctional, that it isn't, in fact, wrong; but rather, and much more logically, the wrongness exists in my brain as the neurologically "locked in" structuring that my brain underwent from gestation in the mothers womb to the events up until this present moment. Point-counterpoint. You are locked in - a function of ignorance overzealously claims "reality is dysfunctional", and then posits the truly ludicrous idea that something "other" - the "other" - made the world this way. We must stop it!
Fact is, if you didn't experience A, you wouldn't be experiencing B. If B didn't experience C, A wouldn't have become a 'sink' for B to spill his problems into. Is the ecological continuity lost on you? There is no "cause" of the problem besides our own ignorance of what is going on. Projection is not a solution - but a problem that needs to be understood as a problem of the human brain mind. Reality is beautiful, in fact; but it is also awful, in fact.
If you want to make it a little better, try and develop the awareness to make yourself more able to tolerate the badness. This is the only realistic solution to the problem at hand: not magic, or sorcery, or primitiveness that depends upon circular reasoning that ultimately has its basis in the facts of the embodied realm. The brain holds those facts, and the only way to fix yourself is to look upon what exists, and ask yourself: is love real enough to overcome the disaster that I see?
Reason is Transcendental
Where does reason exist, besides in the space between us? It cannot be just me, otherwise I wouldn't have any means of knowing or conversing with others. Similarly, it can't be just the others: since the others are necessarily acting upon a body that has evolved to "feel" - and via feeling, come to know itself more truly.
So reason is that point between "where I feel", and "what is reasonable given the conditions I exist within". Reason bridges body with world, and in the process, necessarily interincludes the entire "other", implying a profound dynamical continuum between self and the other.
Reason, ultimately, is also love - as love is the only reasonable emotion given the facts we exist within i.e. a "structural determinism". Attachment theory shows that early-life trauma is the culprit; not Jews, progressives, or anything "spiritual". I could kidnap a newborn baby from a violent and abusive mother and relational context, and although the theft would be wrong, and the separation from the mother problematic, watch how differently the self will develop when the brain incarnates different relational-affective realities!
Only the most immature of minds can fail to realize what this means. It's not, then, anything essential about reality itself; but it is us, our brokenness, our supersititiousness; the problem is our egotism and our need to be right, strong, and only good - never bad.
It is, in other words, not being able to look upon reality as it is, because your early-life trauma makes it too painful for you to look upon.
The pain is real; the alienation is real; and your ability to inhibit yourself, too, is real.
Rome wasn't made in a day, and recovering from the pain of civilizations birth into a world which is truly utopian - because our brains will grow differently - also wont happen in a day.
It takes courage, resilience, and trust (of reality itself). it takes an awareness that enlivenment comes from being with others. It entails knowing that magically harming others - let alone orienting to others in a negative or adversarial way - is contrary to the symmetry-seeking logic of your brain dynamics; symmetry is the best way to dissipate energy. Care for others is the best way to experience peace, relaxation and wellbeing in reality.
The converse, on the other hand, is the very source of the fearfulness, anger and shame that we feel. Hatred breeds hatred; anger, anger. If I yell at you in an irritated voice "you're just such an irritable person", you'd think it was a joke, but humans do this all the time: its psychological. Its about what we think we need to do to help regulate what were feeling.
feeling needs to reason to be valuable.