I am very much against any kind of rational thinking, it gets through my posts and I need to clarify things (this is from a person which does computer programming all his life – how reasonable!). Most people think that the brain is a rational or logical instrument and that the way they think is because that is how it works and that is the proper way of thinking. So they live with the belief that the world can be understood by using ratios and by using logic. Unfortunately this is a destructive way of thinking and unfortunately probably 99,9% of people in the world operate like this. It is a primitive mammalian brain tool. This is ONLY a way of thinking, one of many tools inside your brain.
It takes one single moment of clarity to destroy rational thinking once and for all. The tower of logic, reasons, beliefs and understandings of the world and yourself, that you have carefully constructed all your life, can be taken down in one moment. This happens instantly, once you understand it, it starts a chain reaction inside of your brain. It is a brain-change. Because the brain is opposed to any kind of radical change there is no easy way to do it. You have to want it to happen. Why would you want it, I leave that for you to think about…
All beliefs created out of reason do not really serve you. They are created by education, media, books, culture, history, your relatives, society – in two words by other people. It doesn’t take much time to realize that if something is created by other people and you carry that around with you, it does NOT serve YOU. This means any kind of understanding you carry around with you like: religion, morality, ideas about bad/good, knowledge of who you are, who are others, your relations to other people.
Have you ever pondered why in the world would you feel less than someone else? Like for example you meet a higher status person (like a celebrity, or authority like a policeman).
Why does he have higher status?
Because you gave it to him.
Why did you give it to him?
Because you BELIEVE he has higher status.
And you probably have a perfect reason to believe why that person is higher in hierarchy than you.
Detrimental beliefs, the ones that do not serve you are created in the mind, by rational thinking. The BIG problem with rational thinking is that whenever you are thinking about a subject or question you want to answer, that subject/question imposes its reality on you. You can see how evil this is when you watch politicians debating. The one that knows this will ALWAYS win. This is why smart politicians never answer a question straightforwardly and rationally.
To see how this works look at this perfect example. I ask you the question “Have you stopped beating your wife?”. Try answering this question directly, yes or no, in front of the court without going to jail for the answer you provide!
This question presupposes that you have beaten your wife prior to its asking, as well as that you have a wife. If you are unmarried, or have never beaten your wife, then the question answers for you in a way which you wouldn’t like. Since this example is a yes/no question, there are only the following two direct answers:
“Yes, I have stopped beating my wife”, which entails “I was beating my wife.”
“No, I haven’t stopped beating my wife”, which entails “I am still beating my wife.”
So how do you get out of this situation without getting your ass busted?
The problem is the more you think about it the worse it gets. There is no way to answer this question correctly if you have imposed the reality of this question and you are trying to give a reasonable answer. So what do you do?
You simply stop thinking and say whatever you feel like.
That’s all there is to it, that’s probably the whole point of this post haha! But this is not really funny because the reality is you get into these kinds of questions on a daily basis and they literally fuck up your life. In programming terms when you get into rational thinking what you’re doing is constructing an infinite while loop without an exit condition inside your own mind. There are no answers to be given this way, all you can do is make a system restart.
Zen Buddhists have a whole section of techniques which are only questions and riddles called koans. They are carefully constructed questions that get you thinking and if you ponder on one of them for a long enough time, you will finally catch yourself on the absurdity of what you’re doing. One of the best koans is in this little story about a monk.
A monk who, having failed to achieve “enlightenment”
through the normal Zen methods, was told by his teacher
to think of nothing but an ox. Day after day after day,
the monk thought of the ox, visualized the ox, meditated on the ox.
Finally, one day, the teacher came to the monk’s cell and said
“Come out here – I want to talk to you”.
“I can’t get out” the monk said. “My horns won’t fit through the door”.
I can’t get out…
At these word, the monk was “enlightened”.
This is why I say rational thinking will fuck up your life.