The Importance Of Balance Between Logic And Emotion

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One thing I’ve noticed long before I was ever religious is the differing extremities between the social classes. For example, Rich people and those of some sort of higher social standing where private education is the norm, tend to be ruled by logic. Poor people and those educated through the public system tend to be ruled by their emotions. Rich people are really interested in the stuff that provokes the intellectual side of them whereas poor people entertain things like Soap Operas and reality T.V that entertains their thirst to engage in drama and emotion.

When I was a door to door sales man, some of my colleagues assumed big wealthy suburbs would be a good target for selling. Even though we had to knock their doors as part of the job, I knew that was not the case. I often dreaded going to the rich places and saw it as a waste of time. Why? Because rich people are ruled by logic and what we were selling was more expensive than most other products. I could wrestle with them using logic and catch them out but it was a lot of work that wasted my time and company time. By the end of the day I’d only gotten one or two sales because arguing with psychopaths was time consuming.

People with a higher education tend to not be fooled by certain sales pitches and although their logic isn’t perfect and you can sell to them, they’re much harder to sell to. Why? They’re psychopaths that lack the ability to show sympathy and will not buy because they “like you”. It’s the reason for their success and wealth. It’s also the reason why good sales people thrive in the industry because they’re psychopaths with no regard for the individual. They’d sell to their granny and put her up to her eyeballs in debt if they could.

When we went to poor areas my colleagues where surprised by how many people would readily buy from us. All you had to do was get them to like you or use the, “please buy from me” emotional pitch and you’d get a foot in the door no problem. Before you know it you’re selling lots in an area where you think they’d no money. Some of them genuinely couldn’t afford it, would buy it from you only to realize they cannot afford it. See? No logic. Some of the poor would try to use logic but were soon won over by our emotional pitches.

Does this mean rich people are better than poor people or it’s a sort of war of the classes? No. the poor uneducated people actually have something the rich don’t possess and that is emotion and the ability to love. They’re the most welcoming and most loving people you will find. That’s a really good trait to have. Rich people lack that but they have logic, which, not as important as love, is still a vital trait to be in possession of.

The trick in life is to aim for a healthy balance of both traits. We need to learn to show sympathy for others but to have the logic to know if they’re being truthful or dishonest in their approach. I’m not saying I have the ability. I see it as a Grace and while it’s something I’m readily aware of, can’t say for sure I’ve been given that kind of gift.

There are times when people win me over and I let my agreeable side get the better of me. Then there are times when they’ve almost won me over but my disagreeable logical side steps in and says, “No . . . wait a minute. . . something isn’t right here”.

Being readily aware of the imbalance in your ability to show sympathy for the other and be able to logically deduce what is going on is more important than being blind to it. And most people are blind to the fact they’re either horrible psychopaths’ or too “nice”. But when we become aware of our inner tendencies and have the humility to accept the imperfections exist, then we can, assisted by the Grace of God, learn to harness and fine tune them.

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