Friday, 18 August 2017

Laws of reason

For a long time now we have been living according to the laws of reason. Almost forgetting that we are just another species, the animal who is able to think and be conscious. Forgetting that our lives are governed by instinct, a very well developed and intricate instinct to stay alive. We adapt unconditionally and smoothly to what ever life sends our way. We reason, explain and justify why we do what we do and how we do it, as the masters of reason we have become.

But when things go wrong and are not working in our favour, we write another law. We make a new rule. We change the game to suit us. 

Let's think about the definition of success.  Through a process of natural selection in the animal kingdom, certain traits (physical or psychological) becomes the vehicle of survival. For the lion, it is pure physical strength. For the cheetah, it is speed and for the human it is reason. But not the sort of reason where you learn to push the right button, no, this kind of reason is superior. 
For a long time now, reason has worked well for us and might still work for some time to come. But is reason really our best trait? And should we place the survival of our species in the "ongenaakbare" (ruthless) hands of reason?

“Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door”

I am not sure what the Beatles meant with this famous lyric, but for me, it has very specific and significantly meaningful. I used to have ...