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Disarming Logic

September 24, 2009

Though logic is sometimes man’s greatest friend, it can also turn into one of his greatest enemies. Overanalyzing situations, projecting into the future or reaching into the past, rationalizations, limiting beliefs, and all sorts of other thoughts that end up holding us back are products of the logical mind reacting to a situation. Logic helps us analyze the world so we may learn, but it primarily does that by compartmentalizing and labeling everything around us with descriptors. While that helps us identify phenomena and communicate with others, it also has the nasty habit of imposing judgments on things – whether they’re good or bad, whether they’re ugly or beautiful, and so on. Thus, in many ways, logic tries to assign an emotional polarity (positive, neutral, or negative) to many things, especially events that effect us.

Your mental state, at any given moment, should be determined not by logic, but by emotion. Luckily, your emotions can be changed almost at will – if you want to feel good, you can let it happen. Just concentrate on your breathing and feeling a good vibe throughout your body, and it will come, provided you trust in your ability to make yourself feel good at the drop of a hat. But what logic tries to do is interfere with your natural state of carrying a good vibe, by trying to find reasons why you should let yourself feel good. Thus, when logic takes control, we find ourselves trying to find reasons to feel good – as if we have to justify our good feelings somehow. Everyone goes through their day, acting “dead deluxe” (my new name for people who look totally blank, lethargic, and lack a love of life), shuffling through their mechanized life routinely, waiting for something good to happen to them. Because they take this approach, they only let themselves feel good on logic’s terms: they choose to feel good when an action or event labeled “good” happens to them.

Of course, they revert back to being “dead deluxe” eventually, whether it’s in 5 minutes or 5 hours. However, when something logic labels as “bad” happens to them, their mood drops even further, where they begin to exhibit passion – of a bad sort. They start to feel worse, their self-esteem vanishes, and everything generally seems to acquire the label of “bad”, thus driving them in a circle of negativity.

Doesn’t it seem cruel that people are at the mercy of what happens to them, and logic’s judgments of those incidents? They are literally slaves to its will and their environment.

They key is to beat logic at its own game. To disarm logic, you have to use logic; fight fire with fire.

To my knowledge, this is the easiest way to put down bad belief cycles and logical judgments of things that happen and you have no control over. Scratch that, this works on the judging of just about everything.

Remember the concept of unconditional love? Well, this is pretty much just like that.

Say something bad happens to you. Really bad. Worst thing imaginable that has no real consequence on you. For example, you didn’t do so well in a meeting, or embarrassed yourself in front of your friends. You feel humiliated and down on yourself for a split second, then you say, “I love when that happens! That was awesome!”

Think of it as your secret weapon. Logic sneaks in by judging something that is SO OBVIOUSLY BAD that you can’t even tell that it’s all through a logical filter, and it thinks it can infiltrate your emotions and bring you down… Then BOOM! You give logic a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick with a “I love when that happens!”, and suddenly, you actually feel good. A second ago, you probably felt pretty bad, but you turned that negative into a positive. It’s literally as easy as catching yourself negatively judging something, then turning that into something very positive.

That’s it. That’s all that needs to be done. Suddenly, you’ll come to realize that you’re going to be labeling everything as awesome. And it is, but not because of logic.

It’s because you’re alive – which I will cover next post.

Until next time,
The Prince

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2009 1:29 am

    Great Thoughts. I think, too often, we focus on the negative aspects of actions or reactions. If we would grasp the up’s and down’s in life with a positive attitude, we should and will come away a stronger willed person.

    Also, thanks for stopping by I appreciate your comment and will update my $20 budget next Monday. Hope to see you there again.


    • September 29, 2009 2:06 am

      Thanks a bunch for your comment, Dave! You’ll definitely see me around your blog, and I hope I see you here as well.


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