How are people taught to reason? Does it come naturally, or is it learned? Is reason a by-product of philosophy’s tendency to bounce around the word ‘therefore’ when coming to its conclusions? Reason can complicate matters. It is an important skill, but employ it wisely. Do not discount those things you cannot rationally – reasonably – explain. Not knowing the how or why of something is no reason to disregard it. In good time everything comes clear – if something does not make sense immediately, trust that it will. Being capable of understanding is more valuable than being able to reason. Reason can divert one’s attention from the truth and diverted attention is called not concentrating. It is vital to concentrate when searching for the truth.
You react because another acts towards you in a certain way. For instance, the reason a person shoots dead an intruder is because the intruder is trespassing. That is not reason enough. The reason a person assassinates another’s character is because they have low self-esteem. That is not reason enough. You cannot always excuse an action because there is a reason behind it. The reason for a genocide is a hatred. A fear. Those reasons are never reason enough.
Giving valid reasons for your actions makes sense if you feel the need to explain yourself to other people. Some people feel that need. Some people feel the need to make others explain themselves. Who is anyone to make another person explain themselves? That need that people have, makes me smile. Like policemen they stand, demanding disclosure. You cannot force disclosure if you want the truth. Ask nicely and you might get an explanation, which is better than being given a reason. However. Give reasons if you feel you need to. Be sure they explain themselves. It is not to say that the reasons you give will be met with approval, but give them anyway. They open dialogue.
Growth – when it comes to you – is not something that you should try to shrug off. It is persistent and it will stick with you, beside you, until you allow it in and you invite it to change your circumstances. Without growth you go nowhere. The most common reaction to growth – initially – is resistance. Who wants pain? Not one among us, I am sure. However, pain is an inevitable part of growth in most instances. In order to stretch and reach higher, further, than you have ever reached before, you need to invite yourself to grow. You must meet your boundaries, exceed them.
There are countless ways to grow yourself. You can start by facing your fears. That is usually a very effective way to develop your character and grow your human being. Facing fears starts with acknowledging that you have them, firstly. If you should have no fears at all, then consider yourself extremely fortunate. Yours is the ideal space to be in. We are all driven to that space, the place where fears are merely a considered reaction to a situation. If you can stand outside your fears and watch them going on you will find that you are in a much better position to deal with them, to let them go.
Growing means you will need more room to keep yourself. That can mean literally a larger space in which to confine your physical form, or more headspace to accommodate your ‘larger’ mind. Your ‘opened’ mind. An opened mind takes up a lot of space, it has mazes of doors that you will need to open, each of them so you can grow. You have to be brave enough to open the doors, to walk through them. You will change every time you do. That is a frightening concept for some people. It really shouldn’t be. The more you change, the more you grow and since growth is what we are all aiming at on planet Earth – for it is through growth that we will achieve every one of our end goals – the braver you must become each time you discover that it is your turn to grow.