The Dangerous Dinner
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If something truly trancends reason, it must embrace it first, that is the only way to go beyond. If a model, idea or concept violates reason, it cannot go beyond and belongs in the realm of magical thinking.
Yeah, but what is reason anyway? What is intellect? What is intelligence?
Is it just a bunch of neurons getting stimulated that makes you feel good and makes you think, "ah, now that was an intelligent idea!"?
I think of "reason" as the result of a process of thinking about how something works and doing something with your newfound understanding of the subject.
But "reason" and "intellect" as an objective quality? To me, that is rubbish. How do you decide that something is "reason" or "reasonable" or not? The fact that people can disagree and that we are so incapable of coming to a universal consensus on a lot of things leads me to the conclusion that there is no such thing as "reason." From time to time I see people promoting, advocating and parading it as the one thing we all need to get the whole world co-operating and working together constructively. But they never actually define what it is. They only give descriptions.
My conclusion is that there is no such thing as reason, intellect or intelligence except that which produces results you can admire, remember and value. There is no such thing as reason as an objective quality. Anyone who wants to find reason must experience it for themselves and everyone is likely to experience something different.
I liked what was said once in a James Bond movie: that the distance between insanity and genius is success.
Nothing is universal. There are no absolutes. It is a question of what makes things work. It is a question of what you admire and value.
The world is an arena of competing ideas, notions and sentiments. It is just a matter of who eventually dominates. This is why we must continually fight each other, so that ideas we don't like do not dominate. It is to prevent ideological hegemony and to preserve a natural balance. We fight to prevent a monolithic, centralised order of things. For the dignity of all individuals, the world must remain decentralised and divided with its many factions.
Ideas, ideas, ideas. Whether you're atheist, agnostic, religious, liberal, fundamentalist, secular, mystical, esoteric, etc., it's all just a load of rubbish. We're all thought warriors, born to oppose and fight. That's an extreme view, but without extreme views, life wouldn't have its dramas. Bring it on!!!!
I'm a shaft, a gear, a wheel that is part of a bigger machine called life.
The world is a battlefield.
But hey, let's stop complaining. It's part of the order of things. We were born to be different.