House of Ideology
LII. Logic of the
The logic of the
emotional mind is associative. The emotional mind takes elements that symbolize reality,
or trigger a memory of it, to be the same as reality. That is why similes, metaphors, and
images found in literature, film, poetry, song, theatre, and opera speak directly to the
emotional mind. Great spiritual teachers, have touched their disciples' hearts by speaking
in the language of emotion, teaching in parables, fables, and stories. Religious symbol
and ritual makes little sense from the rational point of view. These speak to
followers in the vernacular of the heart.
My emotional mind
follows its' own logic and its' own rules. With one element standing for another; I need
not define things by their objective identity necessarily. What matters is how things seem
to be. What something reminds me of can be far more important than what something is.
While my rational mind makes logical connections between cause and effect, my emotional
mind is indiscriminate, connecting things that merely have similar striking features.