In a generation that is supposedly bent on rational decision making, it is surprising that little is said about how much we (remain) driven by irrationality, namely our emotions. Over a pitcher of beer (which of course, I didn’t drink much of…damn Asian intolerance!!), my friends and I talked about this a bit. The same thoughts came up again as I went for run this afternoon. I think that everyone can agree with me that emotions “makes” us do crazy things, sometimes wondrous other times, destructive. So in a world where we’re supposed to be basing our decisions on this notion of rationality, why is it that it is the irrational that often drives us to make some of the most important decisions of our lives? Yes, said decisions can vary from person to person, but in the example of one’s significant other, it’s sometimes completely irrational. In my current situation for example, it is far from logical to engage in something that has the potential to be emotionally detrimental, yet here we are. Since we’re on this particular tangent, the question that often arises is are women more inclined than men to be emotional? As in, do I (the female, apparently) have more to lose in this sexless romp than he does? Most would say (hesitantly so, perhaps) yes. However, on my ride down to Calgary with a particular bloke I didn’t know, he asked me how it was that women so freely bounced from man to man. Following this comment was from me; say whattttttt. Doesn’t this turn the whole gender thing upside down?
Anyways, that was kind of a random tangent…related?…maybe?..is irrationality really…a bad thing? Love for example remains irrational. No matter how people attempt the dissect it, understand it, write fucking books about, not one person’s experience with this thing called “love” is ever the same. Oh, there may be similarities in some areas, but the same..no. Love can drive people to do what we may think are “crazy” things. Yet are they really? Does over-rationalizing things make us lose the simple, intrinsic value of certain things? Those things we yearn (I argue) are pretty irrational. Again, love is the big one. Through (over) rationalization, are we a generation that is attempting to eliminate things that will surprise us? Cause us to lose control? Because one side of it, rationality is a form of control.
Honestly, I miss that unadulterated joy and simplicity children have before they grow up to break things down, to “understand it fully”. Why can’t we take things as they are? …this blog entry has no flow 🙂 brilliant.