posted on Mar, 9 2013 @ 10:11 PM
The ability to use reason and logic or the capacity for emotion and empathy?
I created a thread last night that was overall not well received.
But it did elicit some posts that got me to thinking.
What makes us any better than the shark that is essentially a very efficient eating machine, or the cat that will stalk and kill smaller creatures for
sport? Or perhaps the virus that invades and destroys blindly for no other purpose than to replicate itself?
It would appear to come down to the traits that I have listed. Reason and logic, and emotion and empathy.
Now there are animals that demonstrate these to one degree or another. The Octopus has certainly demonstrated it's ability to plan out a course of
action and utilize tools to make it so. I think dogs do a pretty good job of becoming emotionally attached to their owners. Of course the Chimps and
Apes put on a good show of both categories, but they don't have anything on humans when it comes to going to the extremes that we do.
I tend to lean more towards the reason and logic side. It has been my experience that good decisions are rarely made when emotions are given control.
While logic and reason always provide the correct course of action. Some will say to seek a balance between the two. And generally I am all about
balance, but I have only observed reason being able to guide alone in contrast to emotions. So in this context, I think balancing the two is not a
edit on 9-3-2013 by watchitburn because: (no reason given)