Computers saved me from my insane childhood. With all the dysfunctional reality around me, technology was the only foundation of reason and predictability.
“If it makes a mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me...” said the Mentor from the Hacker's Manifesto. “a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought...”
Using Logic to Control EmotionsMr. Spock & Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek both strengthened this perspective through their militant adherence to pure logic. And it all made perfect sense, too.
I could live in logic, avoiding my emotions and the outside world.
But I discovered that life was not fulfilling like that.
Leonard Nimoy himself said "Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end."
So I swung to the opposite extreme...
Having Emotions Control LogicInstead of being socially isolated, I became a party animal.
Instead of feeling timid, I felt eager to change the world.
Instead of having calm, I radiated excitement.
Instead of listening to my head, I began following my heart.
I fell in love with the understanding that we humans don't make intelligent decisions. Rather, we make emotional decisions, and then we use intelligence to justify them.
This gave me the freedom to rock and roll! Why would I try to create a future when I could just enjoy life now?
Why I do want to be a robot? This is the juicy roller-coaster of life!
But then I discovered that some roller-coaster rides can be dangerous.
Calibrating & Integrating, Logical & Emotional IntelligenceAnd now I know, it doesn't have to be either/or. It's not about being purely logical or purely emotional. We are both.
So where do we find the balance?
We sharpen our logic, and we discipline our emotions. At times logic prevails, and at other times emotions overrule. That's OK. That's life. I think The Big Bang Theory sitcom illustrates the hilarity of both extremes, and gets us to unconsciously become conscious of the validity of the other side.
The big question is, what are we doing most of the time? It's being present to reason, and cognizant of our emotions simultaneously. It's seeing process, flow, and timing, as well as listening to our instinct, intuition, spirit, and soul.
It's all of that, all at once, in an artful mixture of what resonances within our being. From the extremes of artificial intelligence to primal behavior, where do you dance on this spectrum?
I'll see you there.
Let's love the world together...
[)anish /|hmed, blind visionary