Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Reason

I think of reason like animals; some part of reason, we have domesticated into the physical and social sciences, like pets and beasts of labor (even then, they are not gauranteed not to misbehave). Yet just as there are far many more creatures on earth living in the wild--and they survive and thrive quite well without our restrictions, fences and leashes--so also is there a vast sea of reason, not bound by the Method (nor even absolutely by textbooks of logic, which are ever being improved upon), which we ignore at our peril.

1 comment:

Matt of C G said...

Tis true, Jeff. When I begin to beat myself up about not having the self confidence to prattle about in the halls of academia as I should be, I remind myself of exactly that point. Being as student of an accredited institution would afford me access to vast amounts of knowledge in the written medium, but at the expense of real world experience. It helps me to think of St. John the Baptist, St. John Vianney and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as concrete examples of people who without higher education attained more knowledge and wisdom than the most erudite scholars of our time.

Isn't the existance of schools and colleges due to the human need for relavence? Who better to relate to than Jesus Christ? You hit that nail right on the head Jeff.