For some yet-un-known reason, I started reading “The Myth of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus and I must say, the experience so far, is - enlightening. Come to think of it, the subjects of logic, reason, rationality and so called ‘ways of the left-brain’ has always been intriguing to me, mainly because my life as an engineer (most of the world for that matter) is fueled by them.
But, when you really think about it, logic has it’s limits (so does the arts, or things of that sort) - I learnt this mainly from personal experiences and from some of those days on your way back home, when you re-think and run scenarios on a work-place technical meeting you had that day; “The Next Three Days” movie is another example I can think of. Okay, So what ? Should I go join the hippies or dedicate the rest of my life to some not-logical way of life? - I’ll leave that to you, but, the point I wanna make is, despite the limitations of logic and how sometimes people use it to shut others up ;), one should (strive to) make rational conclusions in all walks of life (and in sleep too - not to mention, I’ve had dreams where I talk vulcan - too much tv, I guess) keeping in mind that it’s not the silver bullet and, may be someday hit that point which as Albert Camus describes as:
“Waterless deserts where thought reaches its confines. At that last crossroad where thought hesitates, many men have arrived and even the humblest. They then abdicated that which was most precious to them, their life; Others, initiated the suicide of their thought in its purest revolt. The real effort is to stay there, rather, in so far as it is possible, and to examine closely the odd vegetation of those distant regions”