|Subject: Head thinkers vs heart thinkers|
|Interesting article and interesting comments. I think that what strikes me most about the comments is that it is rather easy to identify who thinks with their hearts and who is still attached to head thinking. The head thinkers rationalize. In their rational minds, they see hearts and heads as somewhat equal things. They recognize that the heart matters but ultimately the head should have final say. They believe that such thinking is holistic since it takes both sides into account.|
Unfortunately, the head is the seat of illusion and ego. Head thinkers perceive a dichotomy between head and heart because such is all that they‘ve ever known. That constitutes holistic thinking in their mind because they are taking the two split sides into account. What they are really trying to reach a compromise between is what they really want in the innermost depths of their soul and some shadowy sense of practicality ultimately defined by their egos. They make such compromises and then wonder why they are never happy and why they lack vital lives. One cannot be happy so long as one refuses to shake the boat of the comfortable lives one‘s ego has defined for oneself.
The heart thinker understands that there is no dichotomy between head and heart. Heart is rooted in the subconscious mind and the subconscious mind processes far more reality than the conscious mind can ever hope to do. There is a popular misunderstanding that we only use a small percentage of our brains. In actuality, we use our whole brains but only a small percentage of them are devoted to conscious life. The rest is subconscious. Conscious mind and subconscious mind are ultimately one mind but conscious mind is only the very tip of the iceberg.
Head and heart diverge where the ego has decided, for its own reasons, to reject the reality presented to it by the subconscious mind. The iceberg‘s tip begins to act as though it ought to somehow direct the course of the iceberg itself since it‘s above water, as though such a thing were really possible. In a healthy mind that takes a holistic approach based upon the heart, there is no split between head and heart. Head exists to facilitate the desires of the heart and is a filter, not a control panel. Conflicts might arise between different desires within the heart, but the head thinker‘s mistake lies in allowing the head to prioritize between those desires instead of leaving such decisions to the heart.
You can‘t be happy when happiness is the very thing you have to compromise in order to maintain a comfortable life defined by order and rules. The fact that modern society demands that we do exactly that is most likely why modern society is plagued as it is by all sorts of neurosi which simply did not exist in the past outside of the privileged classes.
|Posted by: Matt on 25 May. 2012|
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