Feeling Fantasy, Thinking Truth

Don’t get me wrong:  I think feelings provide a necessary spice to life, one that can propel us to heights beyond what anything logical thought can.  But feelings can also be misleading and destructive.  The problem comes when feelings are at odds with what is true.  Feelings that support what we know to be true and right are very beneficial.  Feelings that are at odds with the truth that we know are destructive.  Examples are everywhere:  Here is an obvious one: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3934421/Farmer-killed-by-pet-hippo-he-called-his-son.html .  Note that this man had as a pet what he called “the most dangerous animal in Africa,” because they often attack humans without provocation.  Despite warnings from his wife and others, he deluded himself into believing that somehow for him it would be different.

Each of us opens ourselves up to misfortune or disaster when we do likewise.  We see men who have destroyed their family and happiness by intimacy with another woman.  Yet, when our own feelings are involved, we think we will be exempt from the damage, or that “in the long run it will be worth it.”

We often see the ways that other people are mislead by their feelings, but seldom point the lens at ourselves.  I encourage you to stop and reflect today:  On what things do your feelings not line up  with what you know (or suspect you know )?  Most of us are afraid to examine what we do or believe, because it implies a change to our comfort level.  But be encouraged:  aligning your feelings with truth is in the big picture more rewarding than manufacturing a “truth” convenient to your feelings.  If you don’t believe me, ask a hippo – face to face.

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  1. Sarah J. Knaack

     /  February 2, 2012

    I’m enjoying reading your blog! I would also like to compliment your choice of artwork for your blog image. 🙂 Good taste!

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