Confused by Reason

There is a not so fine line between rational thinking and rationalization. Today you find few truly rational people who apply the power of reason and logic to seek the right course of action in life. Instead, most people abuse the gift of reason to justify their unconscious desire. Those who abuse reason almost always see themselves as rational, having little doubt in the validity of their conclusions - which is actually driven by something unconscious. In such way they become confused by their own reasoning mind because desires by nature conflicts with one another - today you may want something but tomorrow you don't - in fact you may even find what was attractive repulsive. An endless stream of justifications is produced not only to explain why you want something but also to excuse it tomorrow. That's probably why you find many seemingly intelligent people filled with inner confusion - out of touch of their desires and confused by their reason or thinking. The complex web of thinking have no consistency as it tries to outwit itself day after day. In light of this, it is probably better if we can simply recognize our emotions and desires and stop the justification. At least then you are not fooling yourself about your inner state of being. Once you can honestly see what is happening with you,  you can go deeper beyond your personality self and realize the nature of who you are.

Comments (6)

  1. Frank:
    Apr 08, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Thanks very insightful

  2. karma omalley:
    Apr 09, 2013 at 07:43 AM

    And know every thought that arises to be Ignorance.

  3. Jen:
    Jun 26, 2012 at 06:51 AM

    So true...thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Tenzin Norbu:
    Jun 26, 2012 at 08:51 AM

    You comments on how people confuse reasons with rationalizations are very insightful. You might be interested on my blog on "Cultivating the Perfection of Wisdom." It is at May we be causes for all beings to be freed from their confusions and attain true and lasting happiness. Namaste from Tenzin Norbu.

  5. Ione:
    Jun 26, 2012 at 09:08 AM

    Yes, it is the endless stream of justifications that leave one mentally exhausted and totally confused, because as pointed out, they can be conflicting much of the time. It is true that one needs just to notice without getting caught up in the justification, but easier said than done as one has a life time of conditioning to break!

  6. Marco arroyo:
    May 14, 2013 at 08:17 PM

    It is unnecessary to justify yourself, we need to get concious in order to cease justifying. Justify is endlesless... Get concious so your actions wont need to be justifications

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