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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Value of Logic in Practical Life

First a quote from The Matrix Reloaded:
Architect: The first Matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect, it was a work of art - flawless, sublime. A triumph equalled only by its monumental failure. The inevitability of its doom is apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being. Thus, I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature. However, I was again frustrated by failure. I have since come to understand that the answer eluded me because it required a lesser mind, or perhaps a mind less bound by the parameters of perfection.

A mind less bound by the parameters of perfection; yes, that's what you need in practical life, and more so in our dear homeland. I am finding it increasingly difficult to understand the rationale behind behavior of people around me; incidents ranging from bad driving to cunning maneuvers in real life which result in a loss-loss situation are now disturbing me more than ever. Have I reached a higher level of sensitivity? Do I see more to things than others?

Motor bikers experimenting with wheelies in rush hours! Politicians misbehaving with police! Religious scholars inciting violence against non-followers! Students not interested in studies! Teachers least interested in teaching! Hospitals admin staff treating patients like beggars! Family members not giving due to respect to each other!

Why? Really why? I see no reason why they should do it like that! Can't they see what will hit them if they continue with these practices? Isn't the result obvious? Isn't the end terrifying?

The most disturbing thing for me is that all these people who can't see past their immediate desires are very comfortable with one another. A student who doesn't want to study is very comfortable with a teacher who doesn't want to teach. A traffic rules' violator is very comfortable with a corrupt traffic warden.

But what to do if you are not one of them?

I read somewhere that
Reasonable people adjust to the world. Unreasonable people try to make the world adjust to how they see things. All progress, therefore, is because of unreasonable people.

Do you really need all this empathy/ logic and apply it to the real world? Does logic apply to the world at all? Won't you be more happy if you were a little less perfect?

It's an irony that we spend the initial 20-25 years of our life in classroom while the life outside the classroom is way too different. I believe parents to be at fault here, who want their children to excel "in school." The result usually is that the child excels in the school and school only. The toppers in my undergrad class are not the top earners now; they don't have the most inspiring careers either. It's the balanced ones who make their name. But I have digressed from "the role of logic" towards "life outside school."

Some random bits....but I had to speak my heart out somewhere...

As logic improves, less and less can be proved.
(Bertand Russel)


  1. I enjoyed this post very much. So far, nobody has been able to understand my frustrations about other peoples' reactions at my 'oversensitivity' or at my 'being complicated'. But you seem to have found the context that describes it well. Since this is two years ago, I wonder if you have found a way to 'adjust' or whether speaking your heart out was the cure for living with practical logic.

  2. @Patrizia: Yes, writing this down at least made me feel better---I take solace in writing down my thoughts. I sometimes get comments which are 180 degress opposite of what I believe in; that neutralizes my thoughts to some extent.

    This particular post was set in the context of life in these times in Pakistan, my home country; though a large part is applicable to all social settings. For one, I moved on to the UK. It changed my circumstances at one end, and it made me extremely busy at the other end---being busy is good...very good. It takes your attention away from things that keep only the mind busy.

    Which brings me to the actual workaround to this problem---mind you, it's a work around: physical workout.

  3. Anonymous10:02 PM

    School is the very best place to develop future labors aka employees with the right kind of skills exactly matching to corporate needs....Only people making corporations never either went or completed school education...Irony isn't it.