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BEING RATIONALE IS VERY DIFFICULT?

Obstinately sticking on to honesty and completely renouncing the honesty both are dangerous.Changing colors according to changing needs has become order of the day for the people around the world.

Long back Robert E. Lane and David O. Sears Professors of Political Psychology said that “a man who believes and behaves rationally is open to new information, no matter whether it confronts or pains him. This means that he must actively seek information which is pertinent to the issues of the day, and it means that he must not seek only that which is compatible with his own prejudices. The Rationale person then attempts to formulate an opinion on the basis of the best information available subjective primarily on the basis of reliabililty and relevance. A rational man can perceive without distortion and remember accurately even information which disagrees with his opinion or runs counter to his own thinking and benefits. So to be rationale a man must expose himself to congenial and uncongenial matter alike”.

Eventhough the validity of their statements are everlasting and undisputed morally speaking, the relevance of their words today are in question in this dangerous world dominated by muscle and money power. Ethics, laws, rules and regulations all are written well in the books. But as against that, riff-raff thinking, dishonesty and unlawful deeds are commonly dominating features among majority, as these are in one way, off-shoots of behaviour of ‘Selective Perception’ and ‘Irrationality’ of mind. For example if you say to some one that your behaviour is unethical or bad, that person would not like to self-assess for himself if there s there anything wrong with his behaviour, instead s/he immediately shows animosity towards you, because criticism is unacceptable for their mind as it is against his/her tastes or life style. So if you appear like a rationalist among many, you are considered odd man and your way is always out. So, being rationale is very difficult often, because for that majority being rational is distasteful as it has no special personal advantage and also it is against individual amusement and growth.

‘Selective Perception’ and ‘Rationality’ are quite opposite to each other. Common good and concern for society is against the individual growth concept, so that majority always tries to keep aloof from rational thinking and honest behaviour. If you are deeply bothered about the social good the immediate reaction you get from majority is - first ‘you think about yourself, why do you bother about the society’. They also tries to convince you - if you stick on to morals or honesty, or rational thinking your active growth will be hindered, so try to give up such idealistic thoughts and live as majority lives. Sometimes their advice seems to be correct, because the attitudes of those people who are in power or that of the common public all seems to be quite against the ‘rational thinking’ and ‘selective perception’ is dominating their minds. So if you go against them you will be isolated, practically speaking. Many are joining that steam because they too are fed up with words such as honety, rationality, and lawful behaviour and instantaneous benefits and results are getting only if we are not so rational, irrespective of their consequences for anything done. Therefore if you go in their way to say, oh!! That is not good, this is not good or that is unethical or this is unethical or that is bad and this is good – that will not be appreciated by anyone, because their minds are not ready to receive the ideas that go against their individual amusement and benefits. Today Governments are also not in a position to invite anything that is said to be good or honest. If governments rely on the honesty or ethics, then their very existence would be endangered, because their survival always depends on the few persons who are against rationality and whose brains are dominated only by ‘selective perception’ and motives of individual benefits.

Today the recognition and identity of a person is recognized only though his outward pomp and showoff, eventhough the brain is blank. Even spiritual organizations and Religious bodies are accoustemed to such attitudes. Take for examples about the life styles of spiritual Swamijis and Gurujis in India. They preach lot of ethics to public, but their underground activities are alarming. Almost many Swamijis and Gurujis in India visit western countries or America for collecting donations in the guise of spirituality and seek donations from the business people there saying they want to help the poor people in India, by constructing schools, hospitals etc., After collecting donations, they buy super luxurious cars and build Air conditioned buildings here and you will be surprised to know about their unethical personal life styles here that are often exposed in the vernacular media, which is least known to the outside world. This shows that, they while doing lip service on spirituality and rationality, practicing the things quite against their preachings. So being rationale has become difficult for them to their survival, personal benefits and amusements.

So, to be or not to be rationale is very difficult aspect to decide. Being rationale do not fetch you money, because, rationality is generally associated with the aspects of ethics and honesty in personal as well as social life. Sticking on to ethics, honesty in social and personal life does not make you advanced in personal life. Therefore obstinately sticking on to honesty and completely renouncing the honesty both are dangerous. Persons have to learn to behave according to the situations, evethough it is dishonest by nature. Changing colors according to changing needs has become inevitable order of the day for the people around the world, except those few honest. By dchaitanya



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By ranfuchs on June 16, 2012 at 08:41 am

I would claim that the statement: " This means that he must actively seek information which is pertinent to the issues of the day, and it means that he must not seek only that which is compatible with his own prejudices" is by itself a matter of belief, and not a rational truth.

Why do we need to focus on things pertinent to the issues of the day? For religious people, the matters of the day may be irrelevant. Or maybe the matter of the day is that I am feeling sad, and need to forget something, or believe in an absordity to make me feel better.

Without an agreed definition of the meaning of life (which I don't think there is) rational behaviour can only be defined by your own definition of meaning

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By dchaitanya on June 16, 2012 at 09:28 pm

If we as social being do not bother about the social or political issues of the day, the if, the people who are in power or not in power, go on abusing the socio-political processs, will not their dishonest values spread all over and become order of the day? If we are not to bother about the pertinent issues of day, then for what sake we need Democracy, Rule of Law, equility before law?

If we have no time, or if it is irrevelent for certain sections of people like religious people, not to bother about the issues of the day, then they have to close their noses and sit in the forests doing prayer, but not to live within the society and enjoying the current materialistic luxuries existing in the society.

For example a Doctor, who has a voting right, why should he vote for electing a good ruler, because politics is not his profesion, but he will not just abstain from voting. Wheather we are religious people or a professionals, the issues pertinent to the day will always bother us, because we are social beings and we enjoy and suffer within this society. Because an issue is sad thing - corruption of a bureaucrat - if we do not protest it, all bureaucrates turn corrupt, taking advantage of our slumberness.

So, we have to receive all the information that is good or bad, and distinguish it and must try to correct those bad people or bad things. Because this Democracy. It is our responsibility. Otherwise we must just replace this system with Monarchies, then King will not give us chance to think about anything and he says "it is not your business to think of good or bad I will decide everything".

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By dchaitanya on June 16, 2012 at 09:46 pm

But one thing I agree with you Ranfuchs, i.e. regarding botheration or non-botheration of issues of the day by all. Today in this dangerous world taking extremities on any issue is dangerous if we view the ongoing socio-political trends across the world. This is because, we are living in a dilemmatic systems, which we can neither throw away nor accept completely. So selecting moderate path between rationality or irrationality or honesty or dishonesty, can keep us alive, without much unrest to mind.

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By Uttam Gill on June 17, 2012 at 09:38 am

Mr Chaitanya it appears to me you are quiet disturbed about whole damn picture of the world. You certainly trying to say that picture of the world is very dismal. May I ask you certain questions? Please enlighten me with your answer.

1. What you mean by being difficult when you say being rationale is very difficult often? Is it your state of helplessness? And being an odd man is any where an impediment for you not to raise a voice. Are you afraid of being singled out?

2. Are you generalizing the society in majority as in compo?

3 Quoting you "If you are deeply bothered about the social good the immediate reaction you get from majority is - first ‘you think about yourself, why do you bother about the society’. They also tries to convince you - if you stick on to morals or honesty, or rational thinking your active growth will be hindered, so try to give up such idealistic thoughts and live as majority lives. Sometimes their advice seems to be correct" Do you really believe in this that if we cannot beat them…we join them...Is that what you are suggesting

4.Quoting you "Many are joining that steam because they too are fed up with words such as honesty, rationality, and lawful behavior and instantaneous benefits and results are getting only if we are not so rational, irrespective of their consequences for anything done" Are you suggesting we join that steam...Do you have selective perception on this.

5. Do you think nothing can be done?

I will come back again with few more questions

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By Barbara MacDonald on June 17, 2012 at 06:29 pm

Somehow I think meanings are suffering in the translation at times when you are writing Dchaitanya...I am sure this will improve in time...I understand you are not writing in your native tongue and this could be part of the issue. I have studied a lot on rational and irrational thinking and I would like to recommend if you wish to study this further you may benefit from reading some of Albert Ellis 's theorys....is really quite interesting and what Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is based on...this is a form of cognitive therapy which has been very sucessful in treating many mental issues.

http://changingminds.org/explanations/belief/irrational_beliefs.htm

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By dchaitanya on June 18, 2012 at 03:38 am

Dear Uttam, after long time you have made an alarming comment on my report, which I appreaciate. As you said if I tried to give a dismal picture of the world, there is something wrong with the state of affairs of the world or by and large in the situation of the society around us. The meanings for ‘being rationale’ are myriad. Being rationale or being honest, or being lawful, among that majority, who are against such attitudes is ‘odd’. A rational person amid irrational beings is odd and his condition would be certainly be helpless. For instance, if I’m invited to a pub and there if all people are consuming liquor, except me, inspite of offer, then I become an odd, and I will be singled out, due to their apathy towards me for not consuming liquor. Then what to do? Should I have to consume the liquor, despite my detest for it, with a fear that I will be singled out or not to consume the liquor to stick on to my principle of being teetotaler in life? Until some decades ago in India brides used to detest the teetotaler grooms, but today quite a good majority of brides themselves are teetotalers, both among the urban and also rural educated. Not being a teetotlar is deficiency. I think this you can cross check in Indian matrimonial sites or at high-tech software hubs.

Next, I’m not generalizing the things citing a few instances, quite a good majority of things in the society are invading on the few things that are said to be quite odd from the mainstream.

Next, I questioned against the big bollywood’s obscene dances in movies and in electronic media and complained to censor board, Police and women organizations. The alarming answer I got was why do you bother about their business. Some women artists said “what’s lose for you if I dance in semi-nude dress in a sexually provocative manner, and she and her co-actresses said ‘ you seems to be a poor innocent guy out dated for this present society. Government and police, and public have no botheration, why do you bother, mind your own business, everyone is watching and drooling you also do that, otherwise keep quite, why do you think sexually provocating dances in semi-nude dressed are bad, it is all part and parcel of human life, you have to enjoy it”. Next, I asked a news channel management, “Why do you promote movie songs that particularly show the obscene dance clippings in your channel?” The answer was ‘we get advertisement money and women dancing in semi-nude dresses in sexually provocative manner is for public entertainment, when governments, censorboard, courts and police are not bothered, why do you bother. If you want to see, see, otherwise keep yourself away from watching it”. I neither stopped watching movies nor did they stop telecasting sexually provocative obscene dances. Police thought I was innocent to fight against this issue. All we are not watching everyday sexually provocative obscene dances in the public Televisions and in the Theater movies in the guise of Art and cluture? Are we defying this situation?

Fourthly, once upon a time we used to grow crops, paddy etc., by using natural manure in agricultural sector. Today we are using chemical fertilizers in our agricultural fields, despite suffering the dangerous results of it. Why we are doing that? With a view to get more crop, eventhough it is substandard and dangerous, and to get more profits. And, why those farmers do bother about public health, when government itself is promoting chemical fertilizers, and giving subsidies for them. Even if I say or do not say on the benefits and dangerous consequences of using natural manure and chemical fertilizers, they do what majority are doing.

Finally, I do not say nothing can be done, some people are fighting against all odds and taking sufferings in the hands of those majority dishonest.

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By dchaitanya on June 18, 2012 at 03:57 am

Dear Donald,

Meanings may not suffer for the reason what you said. But that could be for the reason, when I was typing directly on keyboard, an article or comment thinking in brain and typing simultaneously at a time, instead of preparing on a separate word page and rechecking it before posting. That habit I 'm trying to giveup. Next, we are thinkg in our native toungue or something else is not important, concern and issues of the content are very important and how useful they are for the society, despite some typographical errors, otherwise it appears as if a person has externally emballised him/herself excellently, with no hygine and health inside. Some writeup with pompus and inflated words, but without useful stuff, just some how I have not habituated for that style.

Next, I will certainly look into the Albert Ellis theory and REBT as suggested by you. And thank you very much for pointing out.

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By dchaitanya on June 18, 2012 at 06:50 am

In my reply to Uttam, pl. read in para-1 lane-16 'themselves like teetotalers' instead of 'themselves are teetotalers'. If edit options is introduced by editor in comments, that would good for commentators to edit some missing words by oversight or otherwise.

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