Originally posted by Dark Ghost
Do you listen to your head or your heart when contemplating important decisions? When it comes to making decisions, are these two features of your
body one-and-the-same, or are they distinct decision-making factories?
We get this concept of the heart being a part of a person that can think from religions and poetry. Truth is, when you take the heart say from the
bible and look at the translations in the original text, they mean mind or brain.
There is no such thing as the "heart" except that the heart is the muscle that pumps blood through your body. There is no heart that you think with.
You make all decisions even the ones that involve emotion, with your brain.
In poetry, the idea of the heart is made up to convey the notion of making decisions with emotions and not only with intellectual thinking - but even
the religious texts warns against thinking with emotions. Emotions can cloud your judgment. So too can only thinking with intellectual reasoning. The
best thinking is done using a balance of the two, thinking with intellectual reasoning and incorporating emotions. Depending on the subject, sometimes
the emotional reasoning is more sound and sometimes the intellectual reasoning is more sound.
How do you resolve the internal struggle that results from choosing between what is right and what is best? When do you know when to listen to
your head and when to listen to your heart?
As I said, you cannot make that distinction as if they are two different entities, they are not, it's only the one brain or mind. What you mean to ask
is which logic should you follow, your emotional logic or your intellectual logic. You have to use each one to guide the other and vice versa. This
may require examining the subject many times in different ways before you can reach a conclusion you feel comfortable with - and then, it's still
going to be up to scrutiny. You just have to do your best.
edit on 21-9-2012 by JohnPhoenix because: addition