Emotional vs. Rational

September 26, 2008



8 Responses to “Emotional vs. Rational”

  1. Nic Paton Says:

    The key to a fruitful combination of passion and rationale is the “lifetime training” you allude to, in such a way that that training does not over structure ones approach.

    At any moment there should be an immediate connection with feeling, but that the content of ones responses shows a great discipline, a thorough consideration of a generous view on life, a price having been paid for clarity, proper use of reason, and access to the full range of facts.

    There, I said it.

  2. Nic,

    I agree with your sentiment. However, too often we see the rational, considered and a well balanced response and not enough passion.
    The emotional response could be a reaction without substance. A rational response could purely be a well-educated response. A passionate response is a deeper than just gut feelings and logic. It involves love (or hatred).

    I could rewrite the point raised in the poem as follows:

    The core “issue” for you around this subject is a love for/of the subject.

  3. Peter Rollins talks about this as:

    “bizarre Logic”

    Thanks to Squarepig for your post that mentions this.

  4. russ... Says:

    for me, the duality of rational vs emotional appears false – or at least unhelpful. it suggests that emotion = irrational & rationality = unemotional.

  5. Nic Paton Says:

    “A love for the subject” is key to passion. So often people justify their endeavours as means to other ends, thus missing essential involvement; and journey. A good example is the church and creativity, the result of much of this is mediocrity because the focus is not single.

    Love of the subject, knowledge for it’s own sake, a path, a voyage.

    I also view passion not just as an expression of emotion in the now, but as a sustiaing fire that keeps uis burning into the future, that creates the fortitude necessary for deep and meaningful work which can only be achieved over time.

  6. Russ, I like your rationale.

    Well said Nic!

    I would go as fas as saying that the subject needs to become part of you. It defines your subjectivity. That is passion.

  7. timvictor Says:

    The author of that line didn’t intend any division between the emotional and the rational and understands them to be wholly intertwined.

    It sounds like it led to a good question for you. Have you considered them as seperate and are now trying to merge them?

  8. Tim,
    I think one can have a bias towards either the emotional or rational on any topic. I was using this line as an oportunity to consider the source of passion. Thanks again.

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