Irrational Rationalizing

Rationalizing is one of those commonplace sins we all commit. Sometimes we know we’re doing it- other times, sadly, we don’t. Who hasn’t thought that the extra fifteen minutes of lunch everyday is something your boss expects or that throwing trash out your window gives the working prisoners something to do, thus making their punishment less futile and more fulfilling? Those examples may not match up with some of your own, but you get the general idea.

Rationalizing is one of the things that makes us something more than the other animals; a beaver feels no need to convince himself that his logging is actually helping Mother Earth and a cheetah need not repeat the slogan “Survival of the Fittest” as he sprints after a zebra.

In some cases rationalizing is what gets us through the day- it’s how we convince ourselves to do unpleasant tasks or figure out ways to reward ourselves for the humdrum aspect of our existences. But when rationalizing becomes a way of life, when everything we do needs some sort of mental gymnastics just for us to be OK with it, our humanity has become our enemy and rationalization, like all Obstacles, must be eradicated.

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4 Responses to “Irrational Rationalizing”

  1. anon says:

    so how do we eradicate this rationalization as a way of life?

  2. admin says:

    It’s different for everyone and depends on what you find yourself rationalizing. Where do you find yourself doing it in an unhealthy way?

  3. Becca says:

    So I guess you have to use your own discretion….and hopefully not live in denial.

  4. admin says:

    Well, that’s true of all self discovery, isn’t it?

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