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Is really how you think that logical ?

Updated: May 17, 2022

Consciously or not we are using a certain mental logic on a daily basis. Let's explore this (logic talking about logic how brillant !).

We seem to be sure of its use, relevance and intelligence. What if it was not the case? What if this famous logic, so much appreciated by everyone, is not so sure?

By logic is referring here when we try to explain, to define something.

The map is not the place (Van Vogt)

So, a certain logic is used in everyday life, and this logic is used by everyone regardless of their level of interest in intellectual subjects or fields.

The basis is the same. It is then refined, and mastered, if desired, through intellectual exercise.

Its use, or our relationship with it, depends on where we are in our exploration, but let us assume that most of us rely on it without too many questions, even to the point of glorifying it.

It must be said that, according to our memories, we have been taught a very particular logic since early childhood. Queen of the world in which we arrived. At least, that was the suggestion.

In such a way, that it is now very natural to us. It is almost part of us ("almost" because fundamentally it is not).

Until the day where someone or some event slips us a suggestion (tintin tintin tintiiin) that our logic is not so logical. On that day, we might tell them: "of course! When I discuss a subject with you, I include all the possibilities, and the one that I do not basically know anything fundamentally, for example. I am aware that what I am expressing is not a fair representation of reality etc.".

But is that really the case?

Maybe it is.

Then that's great.

But maybe it's not.

Maybe our open-mindedness only exists in our minds. We are not really conscious of "what" is (or if there is anything) beyond it.

On the other hand, here lies the whole difference between philosophy, intellectual thinking and experience, i.e. the verification in our experience of our beliefs and assumptions.

Now, let's imagine that during the discussion we forget what we said about it, and all of a sudden, with great confidence and anger, we exclaim: "It's true! This event X was created by this event Y. Statistics show it! How can you suggest anything else? It's ridiculous! There is no other way to explain this. It's obvious!"

We observe that our first statement about us being conscious of the limits of what we say is no longer applied or even ignored.

What has changed?

We react in this way because the subject of discussion has lingered on a sensitive point, very close to our perception of reality, to our beliefs. So much so, that we no longer leave room for the possibility that other perspectives could be valuable too.

This reaction is very understandable.

This is certainly not the first time that someone has pointed out the poor representativeness of the reality illustrated through statistics or logical explanations (which we take, on the other hand, as constituting facts).

The "problem" being that so far we have been disappointed by any suggestion of alternative perspectives. In fact, the same people who were pointing out the limits of our system of thought were in the end also using this SAME LOGIC! Moreover, while pointing out its limits, they were using it for a specific purpose, to support THEIR opinion!

Understanding this very quickly, we felt ridiculous to have considered other possibilities. (this was happening at the unconscious level, or not).

It's not surprising that now we may tend to be skeptical, or perhaps a little radical or paranoid*.

I'd even say we are afraid.

Let's see how it can be experienced differently, let's investigate.

If there are at least two logics then neither can be the Truth.

In this case, we have the choice between the one that suits us best. (We will come back to this in the next article).

The funny thing (yes I write as I speak, if you were looking for a literary reading I apologize) is that we already know this, intuitively, but we don't want to admit it.

That's why we reacted this way when the person we were talking to said, "Wouldn't that be a matter of perspective? ".

We have the choice in this case to choose the one that suit us the most. (we will come back to how we do that later in the next article).

It is leading us to consider that:

- it's possible that our logic is not as true, as solid as we would like to think;

- we can CHOOSE which logic we wish to believe in or not. This simple fact says a lot about the supposed basis of our supra-intelligent logic. (haha I provoke, don't pay attention to the tone, I'm having fun).

For a fraction of a second we doubt. Our way of reasoning is challenged, we think it is a personal attack or a lack of respect, so we react and deny (let's admit) the existence, equally valid, of other perspectives.

These observations explicitly whisper, if it is not shout, to our ears that :

- the mental logic employed (for example, the one of causes and consequences) in no way defines us or defines life.

- it is not as important and determining for our survival as one might think. Life does not depend, does not rest, does not function according to a mental logic. Its essence is not based on it, it includes them but that is all.

- that without identifying ourselves we live very well, even really we... well, I will let you find out. No spoilers. All of this needs to be checked and investigated.

That is the investigation I am inviting you to.

As we understand, the truth cannot be found in words.

Accepting that the adopted logic (let us admit it) does not translate and explain the "functioning" of reality can be frightening. In the sense that for us it would be like a death, or more precisely the grieve of an old perception of life, of ourselves.

Thus, as we have said, as soon as we can identify or simply imagine other types of logics, as soon as we notice that their content changes with time, events, the contribution or absence of information they cannot be True.

Logics can only tend towards Truth**.

This includes the logic currently in use.

In the next article we will see how to choose your logic, and we will develop what we mean by multiple logics.

Be aware,


* don't pay so much attention to those terms. They don't define you or anyone else. You can use them if they help you explore yourself, that is all. If you feel that you are reacting negatively to them, maybe reading the article : What does EGO even mean ? will give you a breath of fresh air.)

** The notion of truth is to be explored. That is for another time.

- Marie Mazeau certified teacher. Guiding with gentleness, mindfulness and Joy in Paris and internationally online.


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