Friday, July 13, 2007

Anne Lamott Attacks Reason

more thoughts regarding Bird by Bird

You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn't nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true.

What? My hero in high school was Mr. Spock. He was how we should ought to be. Rational and logical. My high school classmates were irrational. They didn't study. They laughed and joked when they should have been listening to the teacher. They were silly. They took risks with sex and alcohol. They weren't serious. They played too much. Oh that was an ancient world, the 1960's. It was a world that was still analog and not digital.

Well, the rational mind helps to give us truths. But that is not the end of it. Anne is right. It is not what nourishes us.

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