Logic and Reason


In ancient times the orientations people had in life were often incomprehensible. As a result higher intellectual forms were established as expressions of human consciousness - the most highly valued of which are logic and reason. But are these forms deserving of the merit normally bestowed on them?

In the context of the longitude of history, it is often overlooked that forms of thought were gradual developments, that is, through time people have used varying methods of thought to orient themselves in life and in their world. While in more recent times logic and reason have become
the most valued of "ways" of interacting with the world and other people, the problems and limits
of these forms have come to be questioned.

This is not to suggest that other and older forms of thought are worse or better, or more useful,
or even useful at  all, it is to suggest that humanity still has questions about the ways in which it orients itself in life - and how such orientations may contribute to knowing and understanding
what is "the good life" - the life lost and which humanity craves.

As a function of mind (and truly, that is all these functions are) logic and reason are sometimes
useful, but incomplete forms of understanding life, and of living. 

If it is the case that logic and reason are developmental forms that were produced or occurred involuntarily through time, it makes sense to assume that the development of consciousness has
not ceased and that there is yet a further development as to how the human mind will develop its cognitive functions - an eventuality that we are unable to anticipate. Another question is whether
this change in the way our consciousness relates to ourselves and the world is going to be a development in the true sense.

What does seem certain, is that with the progress seen in the disciplines of Physics, Mathematics, Science,  Philosophy and perhaps Theology (among others and as expressions of consciousness) that we have not seen the end or final development of human consciousness as yet. As such, it seems plausible to suggest that all these disciplines and modes of thought are indeed reactions to
an earlier loss - given the questions they ask and the compulsion with which people undertake them.

As an extension of this discussion, one of the most fundamental of human concerns - normative behaviors that support life in social aggregations - is the pursuit of determining and understanding what is moral and/or ethical human conduct. Unfortunately, the terms 'moral' and 'ethical' are often used interchangeably, although they are not the same thing at all.

Ordinarily, such constructs are determined by a rational process, or sometimes by a dictate given
by a person or group who merely state a preference and then by force compels a society or culture
to observe and obey it. But that begs the question as to why we do not already know, and understand what is moral or ethical, or why such conceptions that guide and often preserve our individual lives have to be supported by arguments or force in any case.

As such, there seems to be something fundamentally wrong or missing with our capacity of conscious existence in owning and using logic and reason for what we term "humanistic"
tendencies.

Contemporary Philosophers J
ürgen Habermas and CharlesTaylor as recently as October 2009 in a symposium together, and Habermas singly in April 2010 have questioned the utility and efficacy of reason as a sole means of comprehending and guiding life in a more secularized world where faith has failed many. They conclude that reason, indeed, is missing something. And of course, so were faith, dogma and superstitions missing something or there could have been no place for reason as
a function of human consciousness as a way to order and understand life.

But there exists one further possibility, one of the secrets of consciousness not yet realized but
which we can guess from having considered  the development of human thought and consciousness. In being able to see the development of human thought over time, it makes sense to think that there
 is yet another way for humanity to think - but it has not occurred just yet.

And that raises the question: What will be the new form of thought?

More to come.
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