Archive for January, 2014

January 31, 2014

Creative Versus Logical Thinking

I’m back! And I have so much to write! I have updated all of my pages (above) and even added a new, very important page, Mental Life. If you want to know what has been going on the last year and four months, read away.

This post today is about a surprisingly complex question I was asked a couple weeks ago.

As you might have already read, I am back in the dating scene and while playing the “getting to know you” game, a possible suitor asked me:

“Are you more of a creative or logical thinker?”

I am sure he did not mean to throw me for such a loop, but I was stumped. I had no god answer because I truly think I am equally both. I don’t mean to be pretentious, but look at the name of this blog? I base my life decisions on the fact that I need an equal balance of logic and creation in my life. I cannot happily live a life with one and not the other.

What I am about to describe in terms of creative and logical thinking applies to anything that has two opposing categories; Democratics and Republicans, Religion and Atheism, Optimistic and Pessimistic mentalities are just a few examples of what I mean. For the sake of readability I am going to use the Creative and Logical thinking as a template.

If you took a line and had people who are primarily creative types on the left side and logical types on the right you would get a sliding scale representing the fact that people can be different degrees of creative and logical.

It is completely irrational to think a person is just one or the other because our minds don’t work in black and white. Humans are human because we can think for ourselves and have moral conflict and personal experiences can actually change the way we live our lives. Everyone is different and there is no carbon copy of people so putting humans into two categories will stop any sort of progress we are making in understanding ourselves and become unique adults. This is part of what is so difficult for high school students, I believe, because this is the time where young adults begin to learn that they don’t always agree with their clique or don’t fit in with everyone the way they used to.

Anyway, I am getting side tracked. Back to the line. If you placed random points on this line, you are just as likely to place a point in the exact middle than you are to put one on each extreme pole. Hence, random placement, which is how humans are. Basically, every type of mindset is as rare as the next one. (This isn’t completely accurate because there are certain outside influences that affect humans as a whole and change the randomness ever so slightly. Environmental struggles, cultural differences and unities, things like that. However, there are 7 billion people to be accounted for so on a scale as large as that, my example is pretty accurate.)

That being said, when I initially panicked, thinking I am a crazy weirdo who thinks equally one way and the other, I was wrong to. There are just as many people who think like me as there are people who think completely on one end of the spectrum. Like someone who has nearly no logic, only creativity. Which seems crazy to me, but it must exist somewhere.

Humans are a colorful bunch; so much variety and beauty sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking about it. In my lifetime I have seen so much progress towards accepting that uniqueness, and I am so young (early 20’s). I hope to continue to witness this blossoming into a world without categories. It will take a long time, probably much longer than my own lifetime because categories are very comforting. You can learn a lot faster if you categorize everything, but you miss out on very important details. Categories are an excuse to not get personal with facts. You can never understand something if you don’t investigate each working part. It’s like saying, “All Nazi’s are terrible people because they kill 11 million people.” Well, each Nazi did not kill 11 million people and many Nazi’s had no choice in their enlisting. So why tell them to rot in Hell if they were only protecting their families in terrible times?

The whole purpose of my writing this article was to point out why accepting everyone as individuals rather than clumping people in categories will send humanity in a direction of hope and happiness. As Neale Donald Walsch once said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Stop comparing people to other people and start learning how fascinating humanity can be.