Anybody who has been around a four year old knows that human beings are naturally geared toward reason. The incessant questions about the most basic things in human life eventually come down to the question of “why”. “Why do people hurt other people?” “Why are people starving in other countries?” “Why do Mommy and Daddy have to go to work?”
All answers seem simple enough to adults, but do we really take account of them and what the structure of the questions mean in our own lives? How often do owe throw out the generic answer, “Because that is just the way it is.”? Is that reasonable?
So what is reason? What is thought? Let us, together, endeavor into thinking again. Reason is good, and if we do not adhere to it, life as we know it devolves into a mass of unintelligible feeling, impulse and emotion. Some of it is good as it signifies some sort of truth we have not yet reasoned, but when relying on important decisions, certain impulses contradict what is more intelligent.
The man who has enlightened me and my journey toward reason has been dead for almost nine centuries. Yet it is my humble opinion that nobody has sufficiently refuted or surpassed his achievement.
His name is Thomas Aquinas, and I am a Green Thomist.