Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Logic vs. emotion

Some situations are born out of emotion, and one way of dealing with them is by applying logic.  You write down all the emotional triggers that led you to where you are, and you demolish them, one by one, with cold, ruthless logic.  "Was that true?"  "The evidence indicates that it wasn't."   "Why did that happen?"  "Because someone was acting on signals which may not have been intended."  "How come somebody said what they did?"  "They felt it was true at the time."  "Would that really have happened?"  "No."  And so on.

It doesn't work very well.  But at least you know that whilst the emotions will fade away, given time, the cold ruthless logic will endure.

Some of you know what I'm talking about.  Others will just have to guess.


  1. It sounds as though you feel you could be driven to drink. Great connoisseurs of malt whisky have been made this way. I feel an epic coming on, describing various calamities and the malt whiskies they led to. I will dedicate it to you, if you like.

  2. PS: It will be called 'Whiskimo Nell'.