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Looking for Logic in an Illogical World

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published March 30, 2018

Looking for Logic in an Illogical World
Real life can be constantly frustrating and disappointing if you happen to be a person who believes in logic.

For better or worse I am that sort of person.

It isn't that I'm naive; I've lived long enough to know exactly what the realities are in this world of ours.

And I know things aren't about to change anytime soon.

Still, the concept of logic is ingrained deep within my soul, I can't shake it.

Logic, by definition, is reasonable thinking. The Cambridge dictionary defines it as a particular way of thinking, esp. one that is reasonable and based on good judgment.

Reasonable thinking? Good judgment? Common sense is a component of logic too. How much of those qualities do you see on a day-to-day basis? Not enough, I'm sorry to say.

Because we live in a "postmodern" time when religious and moral teachings have been dispensed with, and colleges are pushing the idea that there are no absolutes and that truth is relative, we have no societal rules anymore.

No morals, no guidelines, no right or wrong.

These ideas are completely illogical to everything I hold to be true.

"There are no absolutes" is itself an absolute statement, as is the statement that "all truth is relative."

It's an "anything goes" mentality.

A world free of civilizations' manners and rules and free of G od's laws and morals. A philosophy that sets up a selfish, narcissistic dangerous world. An illogical world that flies in the face of reasonable thinking, common sense, and good judgment.

Regarding morals, if there are no absolutes, then nothing is ever objectively right or wrong. It might sound "cool" and liberating at first, but it's actually frightening and dangerous.

Think about it.

It means that murder, rape, child abuse, and genocide are not truly wrong or evil, because there are no absolutes. In fact, these acts have equal weight as acts of generosity, kindness, and love because there is no ethical standard to distinguish between good and evil.

Now take the concepts of truth and knowledge.

Since all truth is relative, we are told we can have "truths" but no "Truth" with a capital "T." That means that knowledge is always tentative and uncertain.

But are you certain about that? If you are, then you are holding an absolute that your system denies. Illogical!

And then there's this; if you except this stuff, then you hold a concept in which you can know nothing and say nothing for certain. So how do you know that you exist? Do you know that the color red is not the same as the color green? Do you know that five is a different number than ten? Do you know that any statement about anything has any validity? You don't if there are no absolutes.

More and more I sense we are living in a tower of babble. Nonsense is the order of the day. No right. No wrong. No truth. No common sense and no reasonable thinking. No, not every single person has been indoctrinated in this ridiculous mindset, but it's going in that direction. And with each seceding generation coming out of our colleges and universities we have turned out more illogical, wrongheaded people.

Good sense, reasonable thinking, and good judgment contribute to how we live our lives. Covering one's body all over with permanent ink applied by a needle into the skin doesn't pass the good judgment and reasonable thinking test in my opinion. The same for metal piercings into tongues, noses, eyebrows and private parts. Doing this to yourself is totally illogical.

Is it logical to think that if California keeps allowing illegal immigrants into our state who will do work which undercuts the wages of our own American citizens that it will somehow be a good thing for those American citizens and their families? Of course not, yet that's what the liberal open-boarder crowd would have you believe. It's totally illogical.

Is it logical to assume if the government did away with the 2nd Amendment and took away all the guns from law abiding citizens that mass murders, bombings, and terrorism would stop? Not a chance. If that happened the criminals would have firearms, just as they do now, but the good people would be unarmed. Illogical and dangerous.

I pride myself in my logic and common sense. That's not to say that I'm always right or even completely logical all the time, but I strive to be. I believe I know right from wrong and good from evil thanks to a healthy upbringing and a religious foundation. There are rules in my life and I attempt to live within them.

And logic tells me that there is such a thing as truth.

Not a relative "my truth" or "your truth," just truth, period.

And that's the truth.

Something we should all be aiming for.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. He's been a JWR contributor since 1999.

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