Logic, Common Sense, and Reason are Dead!

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
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Trip End Oct 08, 2008


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Monday, August 25, 2008

"Phaedrus got this far with his concept of Quality because he deliberately refused to look outside the immediate classroom experience. Cromwell's statement, "No one ever travels so high as he who knows not where he is going," applied at this point. He didn't know where he was going. All he knew was that it worked. In time, however, he wondered why it worked, especially when he already knew it was irrational. Why should an irrational method work when rational methods were all so rotten? He had an intuitive feeling, growing rapidly, that what he had stumbled on was no small gimmick. It went far beyond. How far, he didn't know."
 
                                                                Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
 
This describes, more or less where I'm at. I've always been a very logical, common sense, kind of guy. No more. I've experienced so much in the past year and a half that defies logic. What I've experienced defies reason. Most people might accept this fact and just live with it. I can't. I have to know why? 
 
I'm staying at a hostel here in Kolding. I'm in a room with 3 other guys. Thomas is from Paris, France, Han is from some town I can't spell, nor remember, in China, and the third guy, I forget his name, is from South Africa. They are all here as they start University in  town and stayed at the hostel until today when they move to their school accommodations.
 
Thomas is here for 5 months so that he can improve his English. He's in marketing and he believes knowing proper English is a pre-requisite. His other choice was England but he said that there are so many French people there that he'd end up speaking French instead of English. He chose Denmark as it was a country he knew little about and they speak a lot of English.
 
Han is a few years older, married, and came to University here for 3 years, a few years ago. He didn't want to study in China and a friend was here. He went back to China for a few years and decided to finish his degree. So he's back.
 
I didn't talk much to the third guy as he was away when I checked in and chatted with Thomas and Han. When he came back he wasn't feeling well, from something he ate, and went straight to bed. All 3 guys speak English quite well.
 
Thomas, Han, and I chatted a lot about addictions, language, cultures and various other topics. Han was playing a video game on his laptop and Thomas talked about how that was all he did for a long time and that he failed a year at school because he was addicted to the online gaming. Even though his family told him to stop he couldn't until he realized it himself. Now he rarely plays. He indicated he had the same problem with drinking as that was all his friends did also.
 
In the book I'm reading, that seems to be where the author is leading us with Phaedrus. As I am only half finished the  book I can only make assumptions about how he ended up in the mental institution but I  am quite sure it was due to an obsession in trying to prove his theories. If he did end up proving his theory, and this proof was in contradiction to societal norms, then the establishment, at that time, would have had him committed. Especially, considering that Phaedrus was an English Professor.
 
I've said it before. I am at no risk of getting addicted to anything. I might want to know why all these events and experiences are happening but there is no chance of me being obsessed with them. Which leads me to talking about the period after I got back from my Journey. I did get obsessed, for a period, about Alyssa. I recorded and watched her TV series, that was playing as re-runs every day. I would also check on the internet fairly often to see what news there was about her and to read her various blogs. The only reason, I believe,  I did do that was because of a concept in the Law of Attraction that, for something you want to come true you must act as though you already have it. Somehow, being in her (TV) presence would assist in making her a reality. It was just a theory that I had to test out and since I never did meet her when I was in Los Angeles all I did was arrive at a conclusion that what I did does not work in attracting what I wanted. So, my "addictions" are short lived.
 
Now I want to relate an un-logical coincidence. Yesterday morning as I was having breakfast in Kristiansand, at my hotel, I noticed a couple sitting at another table. The man was wearing motorcycle pants similar to mine. Later on, on the ferry, I notice the same couple just as I glanced up from reading my book. 3 hours after getting off the ferry and having ridden almost 200 kms I see the same couple at a rest stop. There are rest stops every 5 to 10 kms in Denmark and I had stopped numerous times. Then, just as I'm about to leave the highway and turn into Kolding this same couple pass by me on their motorcycle and wave. Seeing these people that often in the time frame that I did does not make sense if you think it through logically. If you use all the variables then the probabilities are probably higher than winning the lottery, if at all possible. But it did happen.
 
So my only logical, common sense, reasonable conclusion to arrive at, is that logic, common sense, and reason are not logical and reasonable. Talk about a purely philosophical theory. A Philosopher, after having analyzed that statement, would arrive at the conclusion that, if it is a true statement, then logic, common sense, and reason do not exist except in  our minds. We create events that are logical, reasonable and make sense so that we can believe that we are sane, otherwise we would all be insane from trying to make sense of life.
 
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