Rationality & Conscience

Updated: Jun 16

Reviewed by Mary Madeline

This article expands on The Faculty Of Conscience


They think rationality is the only way to find the truth because it is objective, whereas feelings and intuitions are subjective. I feel like taking a shit! Is it subjective? Is it merely my opinion or I should collect objective data before I go to the toilet? Are we too sure that our observations are objective? Isn't the objective measure of length changes with the velocity of the object? Though we can mathematically correct for it, we may still be wrong if more physical aspects have kept the reality hidden like length contraction had before Einstein revealed it. The boundary between the subjective and the objective seems to the self. To say that I fell asleep is objective because there is no doer doing the sleeping. "I" is the subject only syntactically not semantically. "I" is the object to which sleep has happened. To say that I am going to bed is subjective. "I" here is the subject both syntactically and semantically. The subjective emerges from a subject (a doer). For there to be an opinion, an opinion holder must exist. The objective needs no doer. This is why to say I feel like taking a shit is an objective account. Thus, objective truth can be felt objectively. To feel something objectively means to let the feeling happen/occur than to do the feeling. The self or ego is noise in the process. The weaker your ego, the more you synchronize with the signal. You may have noted that women tend to believe in these sorts of things. It is only natural because they seem to have a weaker ego or a less defined sense of self, allowing them to feel without doing the feeling. A woman's ego is like a white picket fence-- inconsistent, with gaps, easier to glimpse the other side. Ever heard a woman say, "I don't know why I did X. Y made me do it"? She is admitting the unity of the inside and the outside. This unconscious awareness may predispose women to see things holistically. Women don't fall for reductionistic sciences, such as classical physics and chemistry? They don't admire the Sciences as much as men do. They gravitate towards holistic subjects, such as psychology and literature. Women are far more likely to be religious than men even though they can't rationally explain themselves? Though great if they are seeking enlightenment, a poorly defined ego also predisposes them to depression. If you have ever seen a woman rationalize her inconsistencies, she is trying to restore her ego into one whole. When she can't make peace with both sides of the fence, she feels torn. A man's ego is like a wall. The only way he can see the other side is to have something break down the wall (psychedelics, meditation, illness, near-death experience) or he can logically conclude that the outside is the same as the inside. So long neither happens, men tend to have a strong and secure sense of self. There is no gap in the wall to suggest a world outside inextricably connected with the inside. This saves them from depression and predisposes them to think categorically and analytically. They lack the doubt that the categories may not be categorical. Ever noticed that men like to break things into parts to analyze them because they believe there are parts? They like math. But women don't like math. Some women think that math is dumb. Perhaps, they are right. To prove to a man that the ego is a fallacy, I have to break it down into pieces, to explain to him that there is no center (a controlling organ) in the brain. To some, I have to explain the functions of different parts of the brain and discuss case studies of people who had different kinds of brain injuries. Once I establish that there is no fixed center in the brain, I have to explain to them how the illusion of the self is produced, which is what people identify themselves with. To a woman, all I have to say is that she is whatever she feels like that day. Some women get it instantly. They have felt it all along. There is no need to make her ego consistent. Her attempts to rationalize everything is depressing her. It is a trap. If she restored her ego (repaired the fence), she would lose the opportunity to liberate herself. She'd become a prisoner again. Thus, she should let it go. She should let the fence fall. Most women and only a few men think that the truth can be felt. If you couldn't feel the truth, you wouldn't know intuitively if your cat would play with your finger or chop it off. People feel the truth all the time but they reject their feelings. They are afraid their feelings can be wrong but what are the chances that their reasoning is right? What they consider reasonable could be utterly unreasonable. A perfectly reasonable enterprise like mathematics can produce the wrong answer if there was a logical error, whose likelihood is directly correlated to the complexity of the problem. Even the mightiest mathematicians and physicists have occasionally been irrational and wrong in their calculations. We mustn't be overly proud of rationality and consistency. This pride keeps men from discovering that the ego is an illusion. Instead of allowing themselves to be inconsistent, they rationalize everything to consistency. This indeed exemplifies a healthy ego. What can I say! Moreover, this collective pride of reason makes women feel inadequate when there is something great they are predisposed to. They can see the blindspots of men. They should tell the truth.

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