Why You May Hate Being Logical

People around us behave in the most mysterious of ways. It is not hard to see how irrational our behaviors are at times. Why then do we just not practice plain ol’ deductive reasoning to live our lives?

Take a problem —> Examine the premise —> Come to the most effective solution

The answer for our monkey mind may be simple: it’s a little hard being logical all the time, and it comes with its own set of problems.

 

It is hard to hate anyone

After you get into the habit of thinking rationally about all the concrete and abstract matter that surrounds you, you will inevitably be forced to look at both sides of the situation. Logic is not like belief. You can hold a belief and become rigid about it, and no one should bat an eye (but most likely they will). Logic demands that you conduct as much research as possible, and still leave room to change your ideas if something new comes up. You become flexible to the degree that you can see the glass as half empty and half full at the same time, and know that there is probably a good reason for it being the way it is.

So when it comes to people who may be malicious, you understand exactly why they are that way. This may create a cloud of existentialism around you. You know they are right (at least from their point of view), and because you know YOU are no one to define right or wrong, how can you possibly categorize your view point as the morally correct one.

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Side effects include: Life becoming an existential horror

It becomes impossible then to have feelings of disdain or hatred towards someone.

Hate affects our brains in certain ways which are necessary for survival. This is clearly an archaic theory, but it is possible that hatred developed so the hunter-gathers would not feel bad about stealing food from neighboring communities. Moreover, a study has shown that the areas of the brain which get activated during hatred are those that increase self-awareness and judgment (frontal gyrus and right putamen). These areas are massively important where decision-making is concerned.

But the problems extend. The brain areas which are closely linked to hatred are also the areas which are closely linked to love. So while it may become difficult to really hate anyone, it also may become difficult to passionately love anyone. After all, it is all meaningless.

 

You hate everyone

‘Huh?’

OK, the title is a little misleading. What I actually mean is a tendency for extremely logical people to sometimes end up being loners. A book is much more preferable that an extremely chatty, mindless, bogus-vomiting human. They thus can become socially inept and branded as rude. In cases where logic holds that one must speak exactly what is on their mind, they also realize that it is not something most people want to hear.

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The logical one will have a tendency to dwell in the gray. Opinion, tend to vacillate often as more information is gathered. And the unbiased logical person knows that well. Yet it is ingrained in our society to categorize people into in-groups or out-groups. The curse of being logical is that you will sometimes know the both those groups are pointless, know exactly why you don’t belong in either, and also know the reasoning of the people who have outcasted you from both (so you can’t really hate on them). It is much easier in that case to hate everyone equally.

 

Everyone hates you

Just a friendly reminder about what happened to Galileo.

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This is actually all that I need to say about this section.

Bhavesh S.


 

If you need more evidence of how logic can sometimes be delusional, ask my robot friend.

 

 

 

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