Relationship between Rationality & Emotion

By Estudio Guto Requena (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sleep per Day: (Target) 7h30m / day (Actual) 7h11m  / day (27 day average)

Over almost a year I’ve been utterly obsessed with being as rational as possible, and it’s a whole lot to do with inspiration from Charlie Munger.

Charlie Munger once said, “Being rational is a moral Imperative. You should never be stupider than you need to be“, which seems aligned with a Stoic ideal that “destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, and that a sage, or person of “moral and intellectual perfection”, would not suffer such emotions.

This appeals to me greatly, since in the blog post “Abursdism” I mentioned that as a naturally very emotionally person, extreme emotions have never done me any good, and that staying calm and being content seems be the state where I’m most happy in.

So for my overall happiness, rationality has been surprisingly a very helpful force. It has also been rewarding financially as well since it aids in better decision making, and also allows me to profit from “the stupidity of the world”.

But ultimately, humans aren’t 100% rational. We aren’t robots. This imperfection seems to be what makes us human (which is described perfectly in a 27 minute philosophical video called “OTH: The Last of Us on Human Nature (Feat. Grant Voegtle)“.

So what should be the relationship between rationality and emotion? I wouldn’t go as far as thinking that the pursuit of rationality is the end game objective (though I do agree it should be a moral imperative). Instead rationality should be viewed as a means to an end. And the end, at least for me, is to be as human as possible, since that is the essence of being.

And since “Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being“, this is why in the face of the reality that the world is absurd, I choose to rebel.

In simpler terms, I try to be as rational as possible in as many aspects of my life to retain the right to be as irrational as possible in the most important few aspects of my life.

And this leads to why when choosing to be as human as possible, I choose to “Dedicate my whole life to effective philanthropy.” Empathy is a crucial part to my essence. It is what riles me up, and it is what compels me to act. And since I’ve been in a fortunate position to being born, raised and also having lived and worked in both first and third world countries/regions, I feel that there’s just so much good I can do before I die to help solve the issues that I’ve witnessed that still rile me up.

Just like my humanity made me lose my religion, my humanity has also given me a firm purpose in life. Even if at the end of the day it’s all for naught, at least on the day of my death bed, I could say, “I stuck true to my humanity, and I did some good”.

*P.S. I’ve removed the Exercise and Digestive System stats since I think it’s better to log my Exercise stats on a separate page which shows a weekly overview since each day’s exercise target is different. For my Digestive System stats, since the stats will always look so similar, it’s probably better to be in the back of my mind rather than being logged everyday.

**P.S. I’ve also joined a 2 hour Site Tour at Crossroads’ Hong Kong office (it’s a pre-requisite before volunteering). I’ll be emailing them shortly about interest to volunteer regularly every Saturday for the next 3 months (3 months is the minimum commitment requirement for regular volunteering).


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