“If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and acts like a duck… it is most likely a duck”
This is my favorite quote having to do with logic and it makes sense! However, when applied to more complex topics that our thought-twisting society provides it does not always apply neatly. I may be out of place to be speaking about logic as mine is not always sound, but when my mind isn’t bogged down with emotions and stress I am able to clearly itterate logical trains of thought, this should be one of them!
The reason the topic of logic has arisen in my thoughts today has been conjured by what seems to be another crazy day of normality in the world we live in. In our crazy and ever changing world it seems as though there is a complete absence of logic- true, factual, thoughtful- logic! My main source for coming to the conclusion on the absence of logic, at least a frequent absence, comes from perusing through MSN articles and comments, CNN stories, tweets, and other electornic forums. My examples are far too numerous to note individually, but collectively they are essentially the same. They are extremes. They are emotional. They are biased. They are misinterpreted. I believe the reason people come to many of these far-fetched conclusions is becuase of lack of knowledge, a need for attention and a desire to be part of a discussion (or argument).
As I alluded to previously I am not always, and not often, logical. Most humans, though part of intelligent design, are not logical, at least a majority of the time. Which is ok because we are not Vulcans; we have emotion which is 100 percent necessary to live our wonderful lives. We can however learn from the Vulcans on how to make logical decisions. To be logical it is necessary to gain as much knowledge on a topic as possible so that the truly “best” option is selected. I have found that gaining full insight into these complex matters is not always easy, even in this digital age we are part of. That being said, using what you do know you can still be used to make an informed and logical decision and/or statement.
Empathy: feeling others emotions and gaining the perspective that they have on a specific matter. I find this is one of the best ways to aid decision making on a matter using logic because it enables one to understand how both sides of an argument feel. By seeing what each side feels you are able to determine the extremes of both sides which should enable you to come to solution somewhere near the middle depending on the situation. As my grandfather’s wise words go, “There is 3 sides to the truth: your side, their side, and the truth”.
Although I am not always logical I find that all of these strategies have been used when I do think, speak, and act logically. It is not an easy thing to do when as humans we have so many emotions flowing through us and everyone feeling different ways. We must be open to accepting we are wrong as well, since logically that is always possible, as hard as it is for me to admit it, it is the truth.
Please share your comments with me on your view of logic in our society and how to make logical decisions.
If we all think more logically I know the world would be a better place. I will do my best to be as logical as possible, but based on logic, I won’t always do so…After all, I’m just another Average Mid-class Kid.