Insults are effective only where emotion is present. Spock
There are always alternatives. Spock
Insufficient facts always invite danger. Spock
Many of us are too emotional and irrational in our thinking and reasoning. We speak or act before we think things through. Oftentimes, we make unwise decisions and bad mistakes because we did not think through our alternatives and options before acting. Mr. Spock from Star Trek should serve as a reminder for us to use our higher mental abilities more and our primitive instincts less.
The fictional literary, TV, and motion picture character, Mr. Spock was known for his unemotional, logical and rational thinking. He was half-human and half-alien. Being from the planet Vulcan, he was born into a world that lived, ate, and breathed the philosophy of logical thinking and totally suppressed their emotions. Mr. Spock could always be counted on to provide clear, unemotional, and logical and fact based opinions and analysis. His unemotional approach to decision making saved the crew of the starship Enterprise on many occasions.
Most of us find ourselves on the other side of the universe when it comes to logical thinking versus emotional responses. We leap before we look; act before we think; shoot first and ask questions afterward; easily jump to conclusions; believe in free lunches; and give in to instant gratification instead of putting our best effort into our decision making. We seem to lack the mental discipline and logical thinking process for making better and more accurate decisions. We have the ability, but lack the patience and motivation to operate at this higher level. We choose primitive instinctive responses instead of using more disciplined approaches. In doing so, we miss much and do not advance in life as far as we could if we were more logical. Mr. Spock, being less than totally human, did miss out because he was handicapped as a normal emotional and feeling being. Ideally we should be rational and logical while at the same time maximizing our humanity. Our quest is to find the happy balance between two much of either extreme.
If we desire more from life, we will benefit by being more logical and rational in our thinking and acting. We will watch our tongue, monitor our thoughts, hold ourselves accountable, and have the self-discipline to do the right things when tempted to do otherwise. We will learn to think, plan and carefully consider before speaking or acting. A little tweaking toward more logical thinking will provide us substantial benefits.
Challenge: Become more deliberate and cautious before allowing yourself to react to normal everyday events and occurrences. You will not be penalized by taking a few extra seconds or minutes before responding or acting. Anything requiring careful thought and consideration, take the time necessary to make the best decision. You are in charge, responsible, and accountable for your actions. Be more logical, careful, and rational.
Wisdom: if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Spock
To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22, 23
Having balance and the right proportions of such things as emotions and rational thinking, spontaneity and self-control, as well as balance in other human traits is very important if we are to come close to finding joy and happiness in our lives. We should avoid extremes and being out of balance in any one of them. Having a right relationship with God is the foundation that will help lead us to having a happier and more productive life.
Prayer: Help me to realize and understand that I am incomplete and lacking without You in my life.