Our Own Reason

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In this essay I argue that every competent adult ought to utilize his or her own reason in deciding how he or she ought to act rather than depending on others to tell them what to do. In a relativistic world with values and perspectives changing at a very rapid pace, the best possible way to make meaningful and responsible decisions is to rely on our own reason.


They might call us rebels now, but tomorrow they could call us innovators.
When we make our own decisions, we feel really better than when we follow somebody's opinions or advice in spite of the fact that our emotions can interfere with our reason. For Professor Paul Thagard (2005) of the University of Waterloo both positive and negative emotions have their place and function in relation to reason:
"In sum, both theoretical and practical reasons involve processes of generating alternatives and evaluating them in order to select the best. Both generation and evaluation involve emotions, and the involvement is often positive, when emotions guide the search for attractive alternatives and when they signal a gestalt that marks the achievement of a maximally coherent state of mind."
Thagard (2005) summarizes his position about negative emotions with the following assertions: "To overcome these negative effects of emotions, we need to adopt procedures such as informed intuition that recognize and encourage the contributions of ...
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