It is very difficult to accept the truth that we human beings take great comfort in emoting versus thinking critically.
Critical thought requires two very essential qualities that are antithetical to emotional thought:
-The ability to set aside one’s self-interests or deeply held opinions on a particular issue or topic of discussion.
-The ability to momentarily suspend one’s beliefs to engage one’s logic when examining a particular issue or topic of discussion.
Both qualities are the salient point of the following quote:
There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who want to believe.
Not to presume what Nietzsche was thinking when he made this quote, but my interpretation of what he was trying to convey is that knowledge requires logic while beliefs require emotional investment.
That is not to say that one cannot have emotional intelligence behind their beliefs, but knowledge trumps belief since the former has power while the latter tends to provide fertile ground for manipulation.
This is how consummate opportunists like politicians and religious charlatans gain powerful influences over people.
Just a thought for my readers to ponder…
-The Rational Ram