Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tarik LaCour's Age of Reason

One of the greatest of all men was the revolutionary, political theorist, and philosopher known to the world as Thomas Paine. Most of the world knows of him because of the pamphlet known as "Common Sense", a work which inspired the American Revolution and something all Americans should read regularly as it was very influential on the framers of our nation, particularly one of the other men who was one of the greatest to walk the Earth, Thomas Jefferson.

However, one of the reasons that Thomas Paine deserves our time and consideration was not his most talked about work "Common Sense" or his other widely read work "The Rights of Man" which I also recommend that all men everywhere read. Rather it was his least talked about work, and the one that offended and upset so many people that only 6 people attended this magnificent mans funeral. It was his pamphlet known as "The Age of Reason"

In it, Paine promotes the idea that their is a God, but that he is not involved necessarily in our everyday lives. He criticizes and ridicules (beautifully I might add) Christianity and the text known as the Bible, claiming that they are immoral and superstitious. He ends by advocating that we replace revelation with reason and advocates free thought in our private and political discourse.  Here are some quotes from his work:

"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church."

“One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”

“I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication; after this, it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to me, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him.”

I am a great admirer and disciple of Thomas Paine, and repeat that I consider him one of the greatest of all men. His appeal to reason in an age where many where throwing it out in favor of mysticism and superstition is refreshing and exquisite. Further, his bravery to attack a system that so many people believed in shows that there was no cowardice in this man, and showed why he was in every sense of the word a leader.

As his disciple and student, I also plan to take on a superstitious and radical belief that goes against reason. It is an enemy to common sense and sadly prevents many good things and relationships from happening. This belief is known to the world of dating as "Chemistry"

One of the most sinister things about this dogmatic belief is that many of its firmest and staunchest advocates have no definition of what it is . One of my friends who introduced me to the idea was shocked when I pressed her for a definition and said "Haha, it's an abstract concept, I can't really explain it." I pressed others who believe in this dark magic to explain, and was shocked and appalled that many of my most reasonable colleagues could not come up with a definition, and yet still wanted me to believe in this toxic doctrine.

The sad reality is that most women and many men believe that if there is no "chemistry", that they can no longer pursue a romantic relationship with the person because the sadistic imaginary dating fairies have not sprinkled them with their toxic fairy dust which will allow the relationship to progress further.

I want to make this perfectly clear: If you are a believer in the dogma of chemistry, you are an insult to your fellow primates, and need to cease believing in such a dangerous system.

Why is chemistry dangerous? Because it nullifys reason. Here is an example of what I mean. Because you have some sort of a feeling which you can't explain (which should be reason enough to seriously question it), you feel that is a good enough reason to suspend reason and pursue a relationship. But at the same time, when it makes sense reasonably and rationally to pursue a relationship, if this magic is absent, you feel you should suspend the relationship.

Since most people base their relationships on chemistry, they should understand why many of these relationships don't last. Jesus of Nazareth said that if a man builds his house on a foundation of sand (or something that is not solid) it will collapse. Since chemistry is essentially nothing and at best a fancy, if we build our romantic relationships upon it they will collapse also.

There is a solution to all this nonsense and babble however. It is to base our romantic relationships on the solid foundation of reason. How do we do that? Allow me to explain.

When approaching the touchy subject of romance, let us always ask the following questions: 1) Do you find this person attractive? If so proceed to the next question. If not, then let it be known to the person interested that a relationship can not be pursued because you do not find the person attractive. This will hurt a little, but much less than being led on.

Second, "Do you find this person attractive enough that you are willing to see them (after marriage) without their clothing on?" If the answer to that question is yes, then proceed to the next question. If not, let it be known as in the first instance, although maybe not as crassly as saying "I don't want to see you naked."

Third, "Are you looking for something casual or are you looking for a commitment?" This is in some ways more critical than the first two questions because it deals with the issue of expectations. If one person wants a serious relationship, and one does not then there is no reason to go on a date because the matter has already been decided in reality. Be up front with the person. Some will say that is putting too much pressure on the first date. Just the opposite in fact. When two people know what they both want, all they have to then find out is if this person is what will fill that void.

In just three simple solid questions, I have shown why chemistry is unnecessary: because reason riddles the idea useless. Under my plan their would no longer be pity dates, leading on, or heartache to a certain extent. With chemistry, all those things would continue to happen at an unnecessary rate.

I am not saying that the above questions are all the thinking that needs to go into a relationship, far from it. One must learn about their partners personality, their interests, goals, way of thinking, etc. But with reason as a guide, our relationships will be built on a sure foundation that magic can not build.

Let me close this article with a quote by the man who inspired it, Thomas Paine "The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall." He is absolutely right. Let's follow his counsel in our romantic relationships.

3 comments:

  1. HAhhahaahaha.

    Most "sinister" indeed Sir!

    hahahahaaa.

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  2. Sorry, I can't share your indignation.

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  3. I'm a chemistry major, haha. But seriously, I've never understood what people meant by "chemistry" in dating terms.

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