John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

Reason Is The Slave Of Emotion

Here is a gentle creature who hopped onto my patio and stayed long enough for me to photograph. The red-eye, of course, is an unintentional result of on-camera flash. In this sense the photographic image lies. There are no red-eyed rabbits. (Are there?)

On a related note, I came across this remarkable paragraph about perception in a long comment by someone named “Terry5135” on one of the Progressive blogs yesterday:

“In an existence in which the very perception of physical objects can be subject to the influence of emotion, should it be a surprise that the fleeting abstraction of language should be subject to the same rules? Our mistake is in thinking that man is a reasoning creature. Our mistake is in thinking that we are ever calmer than a cauldron of bubbling emotions. We may indeed be capable of reason, but what we desire, crave, fear, or feel aversion for will always, always, always trump reason. Reason is the slave of emotion, not the other way around.”

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