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  • Rationalisation is using logic or reason to explain or justify (irrational) behaviour.
  • A technique for escaping emotion. (Paul Solomon)
  • Questions to self: Why can't I face my emotion? Or my instinct? Or my intuition?
  • Similar emotions.
  • Opposite emotions: .
 Rational Cat
  • Bach Flower Remedies: Water Violet [superior, aloof, withdrawn].
  • California Flower Essences: Nasturtium [overly intellectual, brings warmth], Hound's Tongue or Shasta Daisy [reductionist thinking, unable to see holistic picture].

Science... means unresting endeavour and continually progressing development toward an aim which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but which the intellect can never fully grasp. (Max Planck, physicist, Nobel Prize winner)

For too long, science has gone down the path of analysis, which separates, cuts, dissects, etc. Of course, it is necessary to analyse a certain point of detail from time to time, but synthesis is the only method that is truly useful and fruitful, because synthesis alone brings about life. With analysis we limit ourselves, we shrink more and more. We can even say that analysis leads to death, whereas synthesis tends towards life. As proof, consider how a mother forms her infant. She assembles billions of elements, and the child is the living synthesis that moves, eats and speaks. Later, when the hour of analysis strikes, each particle of the body departs to re-join the region from which it came: earth, water, air or fire – just as characters are returned to the typographer’s drawer. So, if you always persist in analyzing and dismantling things and beings, you will march towards death, spiritual death. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

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