I Thought “Logic and Reason” Were Enough

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Enough to be a good person, at least. I’ve always felt my values were more or less in the right place. I’ve always lived a kind of pseudo-Christian life. But what about the OTHER person? What guides his or her behavior or what limits it, at least?

You never really know until that other person gets a chance to hurt you. When you make yourself vulnerable in marriage, friendship, business, etc. you hope the people you are engaged with are decent, reasonable people. But you never really know. And you’d be surprised how some of your friends and family members might behave when given a little bit of power.

So, a few questions to ask yourself. What guides human behavior? What constrains it in the absence of God or a religion? The answer to the former is typically selfishness, the latter, not much. You may say you’re a “good person” who is governed by “logic and reason,” but what is logical and reasonable to you may not be to the next person. And either way, how do you articulate this to a young person? How do you pass the values of “logic and reason” on to the next generation? WHAT do you pass on to the next generation?

When the proverbial sh#t hits the fan in life, who are you dealing with? Is it a loyal and decent person whose values can be trusted or a selfish, egotistical manipulator like the devil?

Author: @dogma_vat

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8 thoughts on “I Thought “Logic and Reason” Were Enough”

  1. You don’t “pass on’ logic and reason to a child too young to understand them. You go to little Johnny in the playground and tell him that it’s not nice to hit little Billy. You demonstrate that concept in your life, and when Johnny gets old enough to understand, you explain about ‘the greatest good for the greatest number,’ Karma, and ‘what goes around, comes around’- survival techniques for social human groups. You just don’t have to tell him that it’s because God said so or threaten him with the devil. 😯

      1. Well, that was certainly one tricky bitch of a nasty, Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife Yet, trap of a question. Would you like me to throw in the meaning of life in the same short reply?
        Just because I can’t point to “The greatest good, for the greatest number” or the path to get there, does not mean that it does not exist, nor should be strived for. It is best sought after on a personal basis. Having an outside “authority” tell you how to think and act, simply adds confusion and guilt, guaranteeing less good.
        Exercising your conscience and sense of empathy, along with a rigorous application of logic, is enough to answer most, if not all, moral questions, no matter how difficult.
        As for the death penalty, execution cuts recidivism by 100%. An occasional innocent has been executed, but more people were able to walk the streets safely, with a feeling of safety. Not having to spend $45,000/yr to support them in prison is easier on the average taxpayer, and no worries about escapes.
        “Greatest Good” is not a magical Win/Win/Win process. There will be people hurt. The hope should be to reduce the total. Abortion is basically a zero-sum problem involving a woman and her fetus. I don’t believe in using abortion as a type of birth control, but unless you own the pregnant uterus involved, shut up! Don’t be part of the problem. The choice is tough enough.
        Do you think that good would come from having unwanted, resented babies born into poverty, violence, abuse of all kinds, drugs, alcohol, and crime? Mother Teresa does! She feels that the poor should accept their lot in life. She was not in India to alleviate suffering. She was there to get tithe-paying converts for her Church.

      2. “It is best sought after on a personal basis. Having an outside “authority” tell you how to think and act, simply adds confusion and guilt, guaranteeing less good.”

        I used to think this way, too. But after witnessing leftists completely lose sight of right and wrong (AKA wokeness), I’ve come to totally reject this idea. The greatest good for the greatest number is different to everyone, as we see with the left’s blind spot on abortion, which in 90%+ cases is for birth control. More importantly, this moral relativism inevitably leads to selfishness (“I’m not really hurting anyone, am I?”) and justification of all kinds of behavior that may not harm oneself visibly, but erodes self-control. Christians would call it sin. For the rest of us, it’s just doing dumb stuff that always catches up with us.

        Anyway, best wishes to you. But let me finally ask you this, why is it okay for you to mock and ridicule Christianity, but not Islam? Because you’ve been trained to do that?

      3. Who says that I don’t mock Islam?? Or that I do mock Christianity?? You wrote a post about Christian values, and I respectfully commented about it. Write one defending Islam, and see how I respond. Nobody trained me to do nuthin’!. I think for myself. 😯

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