BY MICHAEL REISIG –
Logic is the mortar between the building blocks of civilization. It provides us with solid footing from which to seek new growth. But there’s a fine line between the application of logic and the exercise of free will – too much logic can become stifling to the human soul, yet a totally logical world can become stiff and forced, void of chance and spontaneity. We need to remember what Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
While too much rationale can turn us all into Star Trek’s “Dr. Spock”, poor logic can have us all wearing our baseball caps on backwards and wondering why the sun is getting in our eyes. It’s sad to say but we are a society that has sacrificed a good deal of logic for fashion and political correctness. Not a good sign for our future. As a species we do pretty well, until emotion gets in the way. Love turns logic into oatmeal. Hate does the same thing. I don’t know who said it, but I love the expression, “It is a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the heart”
Here’s what I suggest: Stop thinking so much. It’s all right not to know all the answers. Besides, logic is not thinking you know everything without questioning, but rather questioning everything you think you know. The truth is, life often eludes logic, and yet I truly believe logic is the nexus of wisdom, and that it is the wellspring of common sense (a commodity of which this country is desperately lacking).
We are rapidly becoming a nation where logic is a foreign entity. We deduce less and less, while simply accepting more and more. We allow our emotions to cloud sensibility. We allow our greed to supersede our intelligence. We allow our ethnicity to determine our politics. Right now as I write this, there are people stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride stationary bicycles, and people spending the last of this month’s paycheck on lottery tickets. If Cinderella’s shoe fit perfectly, why did it fall off? Where’s the logic in any of this?
Logic is a unique apparatus, independent of hope, love, instinct, or faith, yet it is a marvelous tool, if we learn to use it. It is a key to any successful debate, the most successful weapon in our arsenal for persuasion. But, as the writer Jarod Kintz once said, “As a master of logic, you have to be careful – against your better judgment you can talk yourself out of doing anything.”