Rational vs. Irrational
24 February, 2011
Rational vs. Irrational

Rationalism has lately gone trendy in Georgia, which means that perception of reality became intellectual, not just sensory. Being irrational is no longer cool. Moreover, it is not pardonable and easily explicable as it used to be in the not very long-ago past of our society. Although rationality is not exactly what makes us uniquely different from others; we still want to perpetuate it in our everyday life. It just makes life easier. Look, there are so many disparate things

and events coexisting around us that only our rationality can help us tell them from each other.
For instance, aggression needs to be discerned from altruism, love from hate and madness from creativity. And this could only be done wisely with the help of trained sense of rationality. If one is modeled by heredity (I mean a person of the Georgian ethnic background and culture), forget forever about his or her rational attitude to reality because being genetically Georgian might well mean to be endowed by innate sense of antagonism to rationality. But if we (Georgians) are shaped by personal experience, then rationalism might be considered as possibility. This is exactly the case with the younger generation of yuppies of this country. I am not sure I will manage in a brief editorial like this one to present the entire spectrum of basic mechanisms that govern our mental and physical behavior, but I think I can present some of those fascinating pieces of the puzzle of human nature which will probably define the source which the newly developed Georgian rationalism is drawing at. The type of knowledge our young men and women possess and the scope of information they exploit has nothing to do with the expertise of the ante-perestroika generation of Georgians. Their rationalism is totally based on the relevance of their skills and proficiency acquired either in the West or locally by means of emulating the most rational Western ways. There can’t be complete understanding of the problem and a singular answer to the question why they are so radically different from their parents and grandparents in terms of rational judgments vs. irrational findings. Regularities of human behavior are not always compatible with the power of our full participation in life. We often fall out of the customary rhythm of life. In my lifetime, I have never come across with any comprehensive survey of what we (fathers and grandfathers of the current younger generation) represent in principle. We did not even know that our overall behavior was both irrational and irrelevant. Workings of mind and brain were not the subject of any scientific quest of understanding. Who cared how we perceived our world! Our personality and our conduct were taken for granted as long as it did not embarrass the advocates of dominant ideological direction in the country. Key to the secret of how our youth functions is directly connected with urgent issues of our times like global ecological destruction, drug addiction, urban crime, prejudice, hunger, environmental pollution, deadly diseases, psychological stress, rat race and human loneliness. The world is becoming smaller and smaller every day and young Georgians are getting involved in the process of handling the global issues as the youth of any other nation would do. They certainly need to be effectual, which takes to be rational, realistically rational. The fact of having at our command so many abilities allows us to take control over many aspects of our life which may not be practically achieved without utmost rationality. For understanding human nature we have to travel many paths in numerous directions, wisely using our talent to enhance quality of life and human condition. If reality dictates the change of our behavior for the better, we probably have to do that without any hesitation. Otherwise, we qualify is irrational. Seeking benefit from spiritually elevated and intellectually justified behavior is what we call modern rationalism. I am just trying to let the world hear that the irrationalism of the Soviet species is disappearing and instead there is coming rationalism which could be relied on – pure and wise and practicable. That’s the way it currently goes in Georgia!

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