Sunday, 8 September 2013

Why on earth should you be rational? The effective approach to avoiding excessive stress and worry. The importance of questioning inconsistencies

Why does rationality have such a positive influence on our lives? Why should you make the effort of acquiring knowledge and leading a thoughtful life? Why can you not get away with drifting from day to day, oblivious to logic and principles? 

Why on earth should you be rational?

The case for rationality rests on powerful justifications, namely: Rational individuals perceive many aspects of reality that escape casual observers. They can make logical connections that remain invisible to other people. They draw lessons from experience and apply them to solve problems. Their decisions and actions are consistent with their goals.

Furthermore, rational individuals are extraordinarily self-reliant. They have the courage to make the right choices in the face of opposition. They understand that the law of cause and effect governs all areas of their lives. They pursue their goals with passion and serenity.

The effective approach to avoiding excessive stress and worry

Rational individuals are also inordinately persistent. They build meaningful, stable relationships. They accept the inevitable hassles of life. They do not blow problems out of proportion. They avoid excessive stress and worry. They lead lives without anxiety or depression.

Rationality is a methodology, a way of thinking, not a fixed system of beliefs. Logical thinking does not consist of a list of precepts that you have to learn by heart. Reason is a way of looking at the world with curiosity and independence, questioning inconsistencies and searching for truth. It is a process of discovering what is right and implementing it day after day.

For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living


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