7) Logic vs. Emotion

I often find myself in debates dictated by emotion and not logic. People hold to values and refuse to give up on such values, even if their side of the debate has clearly been debunked.

But recently I asked myself, “what truly is emotion and what truly is logic?”

For the longest of times, I assumed that emotions were a sort of weakness … or at least when it came to making important decisions. I thought the two were opposites and logic was the superior.

I felt that emotions merely slowed people down. They caused all of the world’s problems. Debates turned into arguments when emotions slipped in. Negotiations turned to war when emotions got involved.

But another odd phenomenon I noticed was that all of the bad guys in movies are emotionless. And all of the good guys have emotions.

“Why is logic, the good side of the two opposing views, considered a villainous thing?”

This brought me to reevaluate everything I knew about logic and emotion and how they ultimately affect society.

I quickly separated logic and emotion into two bubbles, and what I found astonished me. It was so simple yet I had never thought of it.

Logic and emotion are two sides of the same coin. They seem like opposites only because they are on different sides of the coin. But without either side, neither could exist.

As I delved deeper into psychology and how the human mind works, I began coming up with a hypothesis. “Perhaps,” I told myself, “there is no difference between emotion and logic at all. Perhaps it is all the machinations of a man-made system.”

“What defines what is logical versus what is emotional? Is there even a line?”

And ultimately I was rerouted to my first question: “What is emotion and what is logic?”

Emotions purvey a need that our feelings tell us. Logic purveys a need that our brains tell us. But the two could be intertwined. A decision could be logical and emotional and still have the most needed outcome for oneself.

Many would define logic as a deduction of what we need and emotions as a desire for what we want. But I disagree. Why do humans have emotions that are so strong if they are not ‘NEEDED’ for survival? Is logic the only thing we ‘NEED’?

This brought about my conclusion: Emotions and Logic are two different methods we use that are more so on a spectrum. Each involves decision-making. And we, as humans, draw a line within the spectrum to separate what we deem as emotions and logic. But both are needed. Emotions give us willpower, motivation, and strength. Logic gives us clarity, focus, and strategy. And both, combined, form one solidarity: Progress.

6) Life and Me

Life and I have a funny relationship. I like something, life does not approve. Life wants me to do something, I do not approve.

But like an old married couple, my life is always right.

Perhaps they’ll say “Happy life, happy …” wait.

I do not know how much power life has over me, but at this time it is more power than I have over myself. And perhaps most people don’t even realize that. Or perhaps it is totally relative.

I am bound by work I do not wish to do and I cannot do the work I love. I am forced to eat enough, drink enough, and sleep enough in order to simply survive. Perhaps life has more of a binding on me than I originally thought.

But despite all of the setbacks life gives us, there are still those who fight through them and find fulfillment. I wonder what their secret is. I wonder how much they sacrifice to gain their fulfillment.

I have been forced to “grow up.” Everyone says that as something positive that you need to have. But why?

Find one person who has more wonderment and enjoyment of the simple things as an adult than as a child and I will take my statement back.

The truth is, “growing up” is not happy. It is a sacrifice that some make in order to simply survive.

That is how this world works.

But if you can somehow figure out how to survive and be childlike, then there are billions of others who secretly want to know your secret.

5) Scarier than Death

Death does not scare me. The process does.

It is a confusing paradox to me. Is it wrong to ensure that your death is peaceful? Or should we not take such things into our own hands?

People are afraid of death because they fear the unknown. However, I know pain, and I don’t like it.

Life is where pain happens.

Death does not scare me. Life does.

4) Do You Ever Feel Alone?

Do you ever feel alone?

Despite having countless people around you who maybe even love and care for you, and despite being surrounded by and involved with people nearly every day,

does it ever simply feel empty?

Many will not relate. But some of you may feel this way. And perhaps being alone isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Or maybe it is.

I don’t know an answer for this question because it is you I am talking about. And each person is situationally and personally different.

But I know one thing. Company does not create companionship. True friends are hard to come by. So we have two options: keep looking or give up.

You choose.

 

I don’t quite know why I wrote this post. Perhaps I myself feel alone. Perhaps its late and my emotions are a little haywire.

But it’s times like these that remind me how complicated life is. And how easy it is to fade, even in the brightest light.

3) Everyone Who Dies

If a person dies prematurely, if he or she is killed, have you ever imagined what would have happened to that person if he or she had lived a while longer?

I often watch movies and TV shows where no-name characters are killed for little to no reason, and I hate the lack of care for that. Each one of those people had a mother and father. Many of those people probably had a spouse and children.

But what gets me the most is something else I realized. Just one person is almost never killed when someone dies prematurely. If you kill a person, you have prevented the existence of possibly thousands of generations that would come from that person. If you kill a person, you have removed him or her from many people who loved and cared for that person.

There are always exceptions, but how many people do you know with no parents, no love interest, and no desire for children. If you kill a person, you single-handedly destroy the lives of many. And that is just by killing one single person.

2) Everything to Know

Everything to know is already there and will always be there.

But imagination is yet to be created. And to create it is true discovery.

All insight comes from other insight. Nothing I say is original. But that doesn’t hold back the fact that most things already known are yet to be discovered by us. Those of us who share information become conduits … messengers … not discoverers or originators.

However, it seems unpopular to discover or learn. Imagination and knowledge are for the “nerds” or unpopular people. Why is this?

Perhaps it is because people are afraid to learn. They are afraid of the unknown.

But this is silly. If you are afraid of the unknown, you will never learn, and if you never learn, everything will be unknown.

Whether you choose to create imagination or discover knowledge already known, you must learn to take the leap and dive headlong into the unknown … and make it known.

1) Introduction

I’m not one for introductions … or at least not the usual kind. Introductions are overused and yet vital to most relational interactions.

But I suppose I’ll explain a few things about my blog.

  1. Purpose: Intellectual and Theoretical Discussion
  2. Goal: I want ideas flow from person to person, whether from me to you or you to me.
  3. I like things concise. Knowledge doesn’t have to come in giant mountains of information.
  4. I don’t judge you on your intelligence, but rather on how you use your intelligence.
  5. Everyone makes mistakes. I want to keep around those who step up to right their mistakes. And if you judge others for making mistakes, you are a hypocrite. Help them instead and maybe they’ll help you with your problems.

Now, that i’m through with this, it is time to begin my journey of blogging.