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Do we need reasons? (4)

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Not always but may be often, in the guise of ‘ideals’ we tend to defend our otherwise irrational conduct; especially so when the general opinion and expectations of people around us is quite the opposite. We find comfort in ‘ideals’ while confused. We seek to be reassured by people close to us or by ideals dear to us.

Most of us would cease to see beyond our chosen ideals.

If not ideals, we at least have some notions and beliefs regarding general code of conduct while judging and forming opinions about ourselves and others. When questioned, we may end up at some accepted norm or ideal in a given place and time. Although, the norm and ideals keep on changing with time and place, these subtly affect our judgments and choices. Challenging the same may not be ‘safe’ and perhaps this is why we tend to ‘stop’ at the boundary of ‘acceptable’.

Reasoning and questioning can take us through these boundaries. It doesn’t mean violating the boundaries. Seeing beyond the border is fortunately not considered same as crossing the one! A ‘not so bound’ mind can easily wander and explore a little into the ‘prohibited’. The search when not bound by the expected outcome is indeed a search, isn’t it? (Otherwise it’s a re-search!)

Such a probe sometime can make one wonder as to what we are up to, after all? What exactly is we are looking for? A funeral if ‘attended’ can easily bring back the person to one’s basics and question many of the activities and routines that we keep on repeating every day. But somehow, we stop or postpone that reasoning cunningly every time it surfaces. Continuity nurtures sense of security.

If we really are concerned about having only ‘one life’, is it not a reason enough to reason out certain basics?

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Do we need reasons? (3)

July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

“You have to trust me Neo”, says Trinity.


 “Because you know where exactly that road ends.” (In context, it means ‘You don’t want to follow destiny, you want to create your own’.)

Neo is convinced.

We want reasons to believe. We need reasons to trust.

Neo – the lead character in the movie ‘Matrix’ – does not believe in fate. He says, “I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.”

It is obvious for us that our likes and dislikes may not be rational.

While being rational in dealing with Trinity, Neo wants reason to trust her. Trinity makes a reference to one of his beliefs and asserts that if Neo doesn’t believe in fate then he needs to trust her.  So apparently there is a reason for Neo to trust Trinity.

But if we look at it little more closely, Neo has not decided logically. Rather he is following his belief – the belief which is not reasoned out. ‘I’m not in control of my life’ is the belief that Neo doesn’t LIKE. Neo is satisfied and convinced when he is made to see the relation between his fundamental belief and action.

We somehow want to believe certain ideas to be true or ‘righteous’. We may not LIKE it to be questioned – by ourselves or by others. And while taking decisions based on such a belief, we are complacent in being rational or reasonable.

But is it really as it appears?

Can we find out – based on our decisions, behavior, choices and tastes – what are our fundamental beliefs that we have accepted as truths?

Can we find out the truths or beliefs that we have suspended from cross-verifications?

Is it not an achievement in itself to have such a belief or idea that can justify most of our choices and decisions?

Should we have such truths/beliefs?

If we do have such beliefs that grossly justify our major acts and decisions, are we open to question and validate it time and again?

The very act of questioning certain accepted truths can shake the whole structures of our thinking.  Questioning and reasoning can potentially shatter our ‘value system’ if we have.

Do we need reasons then?

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