The Gift Of Irrationality
I can’t help myself. I love the Matrix. The quote talks about not trying to do the impossible and instead realizing the truth about who you are already – and that this is probably enough!
Most of us are not rational decision makers. We have a unique ability to ignore objective feedback. Thats why more information is never the best tactic for persuasion. On the face of it, this seems to be detrimental to growth. Used in the right way, this quality is actually a gift. In the first instance, it can protect us from fighting the wrong fight. We can avoid obsession with the impossible. Those who get stuck in this place know what they don’t want and are able to clearly articulate all the things they don’t want. Until you can have this same clarity with the things that you do want, you will never truly be awake.
Secondly, it is easy to be easy hijacked by “rational arguments” so that we do not take bold action in pursuit of the good. These arguments come from the rarefied air of expert analysts and enter our subconscious as the obvious. The path gets drawn for us by people who may not have our best interests at heart and their map becomes our territory.
We gain protection when we learn not to mistake knowledge for wisdom – when we understand that it is love and not knowledge that is the essential precursor to true wisdom.
We were given dominion over earthly things by God. We screwed that up along the way. I believe that we have to reclaim dominion of our own special place. No one can tell you where/what this is. This place may be our community, our family, our job or it may exist completely inside of us. If we don’t reclaim dominion then we don’t really exist. The only other choice is to assume the role of victim. Once we reclaim our dominion we can then begin to work for the common good.
Finally, a confession…
I don’t know if any of the foregoing is true. I like what the controversial priest Richard Rohr says about the truth expressed in John 14:6 (“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”): “If Jesus is the Truth, then you probably aren’t.”
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