As a species, humans truly fascinate me. For a variety of reasons of course:
Our divine capabilities.
Our creative expressions.
Our athletic prowess.
Our ambitious drive that gives birth to technological advancement and futurism.
But one mystery that has recently left me pondering is our ability to defiantly reject our unique gift of rationality.
(DISCLAIMER) Listen, if you happen to fall into any of the examples of irrationality that I provide in this post, please don’t take it personal. My goal is not to offend any one person – I fall into the same traps of irrationality myself. This particular post is just to vent about my personal observations as I attempt to eliminate harmful irrationality in my life and hopefully can motivate readers to always pursue the rational choice.
The information that highlighted this issue of irrationality to me was what I recently read about cigarette smoking. In a book titled, “Buy·ology”, the author, Martin Lindstrom describes a market research project in which they tested to see how the warning labels on cigarette packages effected the buyers’ behavior. What they discovered was that an awareness of the dangerous health effects did not dampen consumers’ desire to smoke at all. If anything, it seemed to enhance their desire to smoke. Lindstrom went on to state, “Despite what is known about smoking, it’s estimated that about one-third of adult males continue to light up.”
In regard to smoking, there is no true wholesome benefit to the addiction. I’m not picking on smoking alone, there are many irrational decisions being made that are consistently harming our well being – individually and corporately. I would say we can find more of this poor decision making in our use of drugs, junk food, alcohol, pornography, excessive entertainment, and an engagement with acts that add to the destruction of our planet’s atmosphere.
Once again, I am not picking on or judging anyone. As I’m writing this, I am currently suffering from the instant regret of indulging in an unsatisfying McDonald’s breakfast sausage egg Mcmuffin. However, I do long to continue to grow in rationality for the well-being of myself, my church, and my communities. To be human is to always pursue greatness and to never settle for harm.
I have been curious as to what is the route cause of our irrationality. I had an idea, which was seemingly confirmed by Martin Lindstrom. In his book he stated, “The more stress we’re under, the more frightened and insecure and uncertain we feel – and the more irrationally we tend to behave.” What he said here confirmed what I have believed to be a base cause for our poor decisions. Pay attention to those key words stated, frightened, insecure, and uncertain. From my Christian perspective, those are all symptoms of an orphan mentality that hasn’t found the love of the Father in Heaven.
If you’ve read any of my blog posts before, then you know that I believe that fear, insecurity, and uncertainty should be overcome by the Christian. Why? Because it’s the rational choice.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to renew our minds to think like Him. If we have found truth in Christ, and we are assured that God is a perfect Father who has called us up into higher things, then how could we ever settle for further worldly thinking?
God is good.
So then, if God is good, and he is sovereign, and he loves me. Should I continue to go along life filled with fear, insecurity, and uncertainty which leads to harmful and irrational decisions? As Paul might say, BY NO MEANS! We have been called to a higher way of life and a higher method of thinking (See John 10:10 and Romans 12:2). Let’s continue to press into God’s presence, listen for his voice, and pursue healthy, rational decisions. And for those who are not Christian, never remove your attention from things that matter. Pursue truth, no matter the cost. Put aside personal feelings or experience, and seek out the Truth of life and I think that eventually, you will find it.
And yes after much studying for the past 4 years, I do believe that Christianity is the most rational paradigm for life, but that’s for another post…