Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The most basic of all instincts

In broad daylight, we might flaunt our reason and our well developed ethical codes but at the very base, neatly packaged, we will find a strong instinct to survive.
We might think that animals are ruled by instinct, while us humans have outgrown our instincts and govern our lives through reason.  But William James had a different view. We, humans, tend to be blind to the existence of our instinct, precisely because our instincts process information so effortlessly and automatically.

“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 ...