The lesson for today? Logic. Cold, hard logic.
Don't go away! This is probably one of the most important lessons we can learn. In a world that is increasingly manipulated by people who want your money, your vote, your attention and/or your support, it is sometimes hard to think independently--especially when we are having our emotions toyed with all the time by ad agencies, politicians and emotional pleas in one form or another.
Emotions are a wonderful gift. This gift helps connect us to others, express ourselves, and make the world a more empathetic, loving, warm, human place. However. Is it wise to invest in a business venture based on emotion? No. Is integrity to be traded because of emotion? No. Is it a good idea to binge on ice cream based on emotion? No. You get the point.
Emotions change. They come and go. They are subject to hormones, slick talkers (including our own self talk) and various situations. Principles stay the same. Principles are the bedrock that we build our lives on. Integrity, discipline, kindness, love, and in some cases (like investing in a business) numbers or profit and loss. When you consider the consequences of making decisions based on emotion in our relationships, our health, our finances and many other areas, we see the value of living by principle.
My husband was a salesman once upon a time, and he always reminds me that we sell with emotion, but defend with logic. Enter this book.
The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn, is a really great book for kids and beginning logicians to break down conversations and be able to detect propaganda, assumptions, red herrings, statistical fallacies, circular reasoning, and much more. We really enjoyed reading this book as a family. It began many great conversations, and I learned about these things right along side my children.
If my kids can detect these types of tactics, either in their own reasoning or someone else's, then they (and myself!) will be less easily swayed by them and be able to make decisions based on principle. Sigh. Just think about the world wide impact this would have: politicians, voters, consumers, public policy makers—it would be a much more sane, budget balanced, drama free world.
Community Question: Tell us about the silliest emotional decision you've ever made. Mine? Late night eating...way too often.
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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