Why Reason Fails

Ι had faith in reason, and, in some ways, I still do. But it lets me down almost every time.

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Rationalism

Empiricism

The Eternal Divide

The Rationality Paradigm

“What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.”

- Carl Jung

No Action Without Emotion

Reasoning Mechanics

A Drive with Emotion and Reason

“The overindulgence of emotion leads to a crisis of hope, but so does the repression of emotion.”¹⁵

- Mark Manson

The Bridge

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

- George Orwell

“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.”¹⁷

- Carl Jung

Navigating the world

“Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.
The world is sacred. It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.”¹⁸

– Lao Tzu

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