Saturday, February 28, 2015

Peace through Good Reasoning

How do you usually compare good reasoning with poor reasoning?

There are four reasons why people fail to reason well:

a) Lack of ability
d) Lack of training
c) Lack of experiences
d) Lack of opportunity

There is nothing much to be done about an innate inability to be rational.  All that is necessary, in such cases, is to acknowledge that one's reasoning is faulty and seek guidance from others.  Unfortunately, many persons without the ability to reason well have a tendency to seek guidance on reasoning from the wrong people, particularly those who lack the ability to reason well themselves.

If you are not sure whether you have the ability to reason well, then there is still the possibility of discovering the truth of the matter, but only if you participate in the most suitable training.  You will be required to use whatever reasoning you already possess to ascertain whether the training you choose to embark upon will assist in improving your reasoning and self-awareness, or not.

Even with the ability to reason well, the rational faculty of the mind can atrophy rapidly unless it is used on a regular basis.  In spite of the availability of excellent training in good reasoning, humans are creatures of peculiar habits, strange beliefs and unreliable perceptions.  Earlier habits and unreasonable influences have also been known to intrude into the most reasonable of minds with unfortunate frequency.

Being able to avoid bad influences on one's thinking requires the opportunity to seek and locate healthy and more reasonable alternatives.  If your usual social experiences are imbued with unreasonableness, irrationality and unhealthy habits, then you may wish to find the opportunity to change your social life for the better.

Reducing the influence in your life of persons with poor reasoning is not a cowardly act.  It is one of the bravest things anyone can do.  You may find it braver still to inform people of your reasons for reducing their influence in your life.  They may, in fact, thank you, especially if you guide them towards the training, experiences and opportunities that have provided you with an expanding ability to reason well.

I consider it very sad indeed that the basic rudiments of psychology, philosophy and biology are not understood throughout every society.  The essence of perception, logic and life is rarely taught adequately in schools.  Through psychology, philosophy and biology, it is possible to have a deeper understanding of history, of art, of politics, and of every other important aspect of culture. The ability to understand the distortions of human minds is therefore often the essence of good reasoning. 

Without an understanding of psychology, philosophy and biology, all that exists is opinion.  So, where is the best training for good reasoning located? 

You can be the best mathematician in the world, but if people cannot understand your work in the context of their own lives, then your work lacks cultural meaning.  You can have the deepest understanding of the physics of deep space or quantum mechanics, but if you fail to appreciate the subtleties of human emotion on the workings of the social world, then your lack of cultural insight may have dangerous political consequences.

Knowledge is not reasoning.  Knowledge is experience.  Many persons with the ability to reason well have used it to reason poorly in the name of money and/or fame and/or political power.  How many persons with excellent reasoning abilities have chosen, for example, to work in the development of weaponry and other military equipment rather than for more peaceful and socially productive pursuits?
In the pursuit of peace, the purpose of all military action is:

1. To protect civilians from aggression
2. To protect agricultural land from being destroyed
3. To protect cultural artifacts - the soul of the world - from being destroyed

Reasoning towards the pursuit of aggression is always poor reasoning.  Reasoning in defence of lasting peace is good reasoning.  Yet understanding peace is difficult.  In fact, it is more difficult to understand peace than it is to acquire knowledge of psychology, philosophy, biology, mathematics, deep space and/or quantum mechanics.

Understanding peace requires a level of assertiveness that will not tolerate aggressiveness on any level of social interaction.  Being peaceful is always brave because it requires such assertiveness.  Most persons with poor reasoning tend to believe being peaceful means to withdraw from society, to avoid conflict with aggressive people, and to live a gentle, carefree existence.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Being assertive is a necessary skill for everyone wishing to demonstrate good reasoning.  Contributing to world peace requires the ability to demonstrate differences of perception.  Assertiveness begins with excellent reasoning about perception, both innately and through training, experience and opportunity.  There are plenty of opportunities to assert one's right to live in peace.  There are plenty of opportunities to assert the rights of others to live in peace. 

Enlightened leadership starts with the reasonable expression of assertiveness.  In my work as the chief executive officer at the International Training Centre for the Harmonious Interplay of Beauty, Understanding and Magnificence, I am required to be assertive at all times.  I show no fear or favour towards anyone.  I show no tolerance of aggression.  I show no tolerance of cowardice.  I am devoted to the cause of consistent excellence in everything I say and do.  And I invite everyone to help me improve my skills as a digital communicator.  Accurate perceptions are necessary in all expressions of enlightened leadership.

The world will become more peaceful when prestige is given only to accurate assertiveness, rather than to aggressiveness, competitiveness, wealth, fame or images over truth.

Perceptions and emotions interpret images.  Good reasoning finds truth.

By the way, words and sounds are images, too.

Test your reasoning

1. Literary contributions to world peace

2. Peaceful images

3. Suitable cultural insights

4. Timelessly appropriate possibilities

5. Your peace, happiness and prosperity

6. Several suitable topics for discussion

7. Peace through compassion

8. Saving the world

9. A quietly dignified respect for nature

10. Peaceful language