Rational Thought

It could be, and likely is, that reason is the most effective means we have of reaching truth.

That’s not a trivial observation, it’s basically the observation that separates the ancients from the moderns.

Now, there is another observation. I don’t know if they were as consciously aware of it, or valued it as much as we value reason, but the ancients definitely knew about it, and we still have it.

The best way to build things, maybe the only way, is with your hands. Now this is not so obvious in modern times, since we have all these factories and machines, but the ancients had tools as well, but just like with those tools, someone still has to work that machinery, and they do it with their hands, there’s no way around it.

But there is this tendency with reason, that maybe is or isn’t there for the latter observation, to think that somehow reason is the whole machine, that man is the machine.

Well, this is plainly not so. For the most rational among us, routinely lament, and maybe they are not so wrong, that human beings are irrational.

And we cannot say that whatever these irrational people are doing doesn’t work, for they seem to be getting along just fine, accomplishing the same things in life that so called rational people do, sometimes more successfully, sometimes less so, sometimes much more so.

But they can and often do use reason. And a person who sees themselves as completely rational might have a much harder time doing the opposite.

But there is a small problem with this, and it’s not having socially awkward behavior or mannerisms, it’s not being argumentative, or any of the other stereotypes we normally ascribe to rational people, because frankly, I don’t think these are always even necessarily true.

Rather, it’s a much simpler problem. If all you ever use is reason, then you don’t have anything to compare it to.

It’s like, if a person were to grow up thinking that hands are whats best for everything because of all the great things you can build with them, it might not occur to them that they could use anything else. They might never see how to play soccer.

Basically, the issue with only relying on reason, is that it’s not so rational. If you’ve never tried anything but reason, you have no way to gauge whether or not reason will lead to the the best solution, or whether or not it’s even appropriate.

Ironically, taking up some measure of irrationality only makes you better at using reason, because now you can choose whether or not to employ it, whereas before you could not.

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