It is not for nothing that the great philosopher Decartes said something about there being a physical pathway between the mind and soul. Since ancient times people have sought to link thinking with emotion.
Also over the centuries, we have been basically asked to fit into either camp, emotion or reason. We moderns think that we have surpassed these vital questions and to be fair the question of ‘does it really matter’ is a pertinent one. If the answer is no then feel free to wait for another post!!
Yet our cultural mentality lets slip vital clues as to our ongoing search for understanding the drives that make up our humanness and then imposing some kind of order upon them. Consider for a moment DR Spok from Star Trek. He is the greatest clue that underneath things we still want to know how it all works and then some. Has Spok not won the ‘battle’ between feeling and reason? No he has not is the answer. We have never let go of wanting to work stuff out and finding a way to reason over our emotions. If it is a mistake to do so, I have made it many times. It is natural!
There is an interesting conversation in The Apocrypha about wanting to know the workings of the Most High (God). The language may be a bit strong in parts but here are a few words from the conversation in 4 Ezra 4 (scroll down till you get to chapter 4). It goes something like this:
And the angel said unto me, go weigh for me the weight of fire, or measure for me a handful of wind, or call back the day that has passed. I answered and said, who has been born that can do such and why do you ask me concerning these things? The angel said, if I ask you how great dwelling places are in the midst of the sea or how many springs are at the source of the deep or how many springs there are in the heavens, or which are the exits of hell or the entrances to heaven, would you not say that you had not been to the deep nor to heaven or hell to know about such!
But I have only asked you about fire, wind and the day. Things through which you have passed and cannot live without and you have given me no answer to them. You cannot even understand the things that you grew up with. How can you then understand the ways of the Most High? How can one already worn out by a corrupt world understand incorruption? And so on….
It is an interesting conversation and probably not for the faint hearted but worth a read anyway. The link I have left is for the King James version. It might be easier to read in another more modern version though. I hope it provokes some thought….or even emotion. Enjoy.