The physical, conscious mind is commonly known by a number of names. Amongst others the:
- Rational mind,
- Logical mind,
- Reasoning mind,
- Thinking mind,
- Waking mind
- Objective mind—because it is perceives the world through the five senses.
The tools of the physical, rational mind are:
Most people confuse common sense with logic. They are two entirely different things. The one is purported to be common ‘wisdom’—the other is truth.
This confusion becomes apparent when someone says something like, “It’s common sense—ask anyone”. Of course, such a claim would never be literally true. Because even if the vast majority thought a certain way, there would always be a few who thought differently.
But, this claim does beg the question, “Why would everyone think the same?” If the members of a group had been subjected to the same programming, they would think the same. That is, the same brainwashing, propaganda, disinformation or ‘education’ if you prefer that term. There’s no way a diverse group would all arrive at a common interpretation of each individual’s unique, personal experience. “Unique” and “common” have opposite meanings.
Common ‘knowledge’ is not something derived from unique, personal experience, but something controlled and disseminated from a common source. That means that the way the group thinks is being planned and controlled. And how does one get a group to think the same? One does this by getting that group to believe the same ‘facts’—i.e. by giving them the same ‘education’.
Evidence of this ‘education’ is encountered often. People love to quote some famous person’s ‘wisdom’ as if it were some absolute truth. Yet many of these ‘wise’ sayings are completely illogical, obviously false, and often just plain nonsense. But these ‘facts’ have been quoted so often that they have become common ‘wisdom’—common sense.
Albert Einstein saw this insidious trap and warned against it. “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen”.
Logic or rational thinking is looking at a situation in an unemotional, unprejudiced way.
Now, considering something in an unemotional, unprejudiced and honest way is almost impossible for most people. But what is possible, is to recognize the influence that emotions and prejudices have on our decisions. In other words, recognize there is a very good chance that our decisions are not completely logical and honest.
Logical Decisions – an Illustration
You believe if your father had treated you better as a child, you would be a much more confident person. So you constantly blame your father for your shortcomings. Your emotions around this issue are very strong. So, of course, you cannot simply wish them away. But if you were to ask yourself, “How is constantly blaming my father, benefiting me in my life?” you would be attempting to look at the situation in a logical way.
If your answer to this question is something like. “I don’t care whether it benefits me or not. I’ll never forgive him for ruining my life!” Then you need to be honest enough to admit to yourself that you have not answered the question logically. And that you are allowing your emotions to cloud your judgment.
You can control your emotions, because they are yours—you create them. You have willpower and the tools of logic and focus to control your emotions—if you choose to do so. Of course, you have the right to be illogical, spiteful and vengeful if you want. The important thing is to be honest with yourself about your true motives.
Our Extremely Unreal Reality
A major problem with using logic is that the rational mind can analyze only information available to it. And this available information is extremely limited. That is because the rational mind perceives the world through the five physical senses. And the five physical senses detect only the tiniest fraction of the physical information available. To make matters worse, the physical senses detect absolutely nothing of the huge amount of non-physical information available.
Another major limitation is that the rational mind has been programmed with extremely flawed beliefs about physical reality. Others installed most of these beliefs when we are still too young to know better; and the people who installed these beliefs, had very limited knowledge themselves.
These flawed beliefs guide our decisions about what is real, true, valuable, good and what is acceptable or unacceptable. So, in effect, these beliefs form a filter through which the rational mind perceives the world around it.
Because the rational mind uses extremely flawed beliefs to filter, then color extremely limited information—an extremely distorted picture emerges.
Our reality is simply not what we perceive it to be—not even close.
To reach conclusions, the rational mind is designed and trained to analyze this distorted picture. Given this situation, it is inevitable for the rational mind to make badly flawed decisions.
There is another problem with rational analysis. That is that emotions like fear, doubt, selfishness, greed and impatience almost always interfere.
So, it should not be surprising that the final decision is usually not rational at all.
Just as people confuse common sense for logic, so they confuse belief for truth. This distinction is so poorly understood that this ‘truth’ is almost universally accepted. Even in our courts of law.
There are two types of truth—perceived truth, and real truth.
Rational mind truth is perceived truth based on belief
Subconscious mind truth is absolute truth based on knowledge
Like many absolutes, such as infinity and perfection, the ‘truth’ used in our everyday discussions, is not the genuine article. Instead of absolute truth, such everyday discussions usually refer to subjective truth.
What we accept as truth is changeable and temporary because it is based on what we believe. And our beliefs are changeable and temporary. Tomorrow we might believe the exact opposite of what we believe today. So, if our beliefs are not absolute, how can a truth based on them be absolute? It absolutely cannot.
Belief is not knowledge
Our rational mind ‘knowledge’ is not genuine knowledge.
This ‘knowledge’ is changeable and temporary—because it is based on our beliefs—which are changeable and temporary.
Unlike our rational mind which believes but cannot know. Our subconscious mind knows but cannot believe. Therefore, our subconscious presents the real, absolute truth. Not some changeable, temporary truth based on our beliefs.
For allowing me to share this article on logical decisions. I hope you found this discussion interesting and informative. Most of all, I hope you found it thought provoking.
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- Read the next article in this series on logical decisions, beliefs and convictions? You can find it here,
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