Lawmakers who negotiate between an emotional and logical argument are the ones who typically get their moral ideas passed into our legal system. Most people understand that our laws are based on Philosophy, but even that can be stripped down to a more basic cognitive structure.
In this article, I break down the elements of how society handles morality into two parts: Logic and Emotion. I use Tetris as imagery to explain why there needs to be a mediator when it comes to making laws and how you can deliver the best argument through your faith.
Let’s say you’re a reasonable person and defending political arguments were like playing Tetris. And the Tetris pieces were like unresolved legal matters needing logical inspection. You’re fitting every loose end in your argument into its proper position. As long as the Tetris pieces don’t demand too fast of an answer, you can fit in the shapes, addressing each hole in one’s argument. But the Tetris pieces keep coming. And they start to pile fast, as any emotional train of thought may pile their problems on you one after the other. You can no longer rely on logic to respond to emotional arguments because you are no longer dealing with logical people. You can only reason with people if their emotions are under control.
What does Logic do when it has given every argument it has got and has had-it-up-to-here, way up there at the top, and is still left with all of these holes in between its argument? Emotional arguments are tried. Or maybe you become aloof. Or you become passive aggressive. You are right and people are just illogical so why should you respond? That is when Emotion comes and squeezes Logic to its crushing death. Game over. Laws that defy all logic get passed into law. Unreasonable people have won. What you don’t defend will not amend. Society will not know what happened otherwise unless you appeal to their emotions.
The forces of logic and emotion really do battle for dominance in our legal system. Just as with Tetris, you can logically reason right from wrong, place Tetris pieces into its place, but at some point, you will get holes, end up stuck, and lose the game of life because you did not respond to emotional demands or maybe you even slipped up in keeping up with your own moral rules. Logical reasoning has lost.
How did that Happen?
When people come at you from different angles, we attempt to get people to see the holes in their argument. But, emotion has too strong of a hold on them.
Unfortunately when it comes to people, life is really not like Tetris. You cannot make them disappear by the lines.
The upholding of by-the-book logic without conviction will always fail. The realm of pure emotion will always make people unreasonable.
I have my own political beliefs, but I don’t ever want to enforce something that misrepresents God’s love for us.
As we reach a shifting point with many civil topics, we cannot overlook asking God on how these matters should be handled. God’s knowledge is outside the realm of our own understanding.
You can turn on the news and know that the world can be excessively hateful with both zealous hypocrites and wrongdoers. You cannot make your legal case unless there is spiritual authority backing up what you are saying1. If you speak on legal matters with showing the love of God at the forefront of your mind, it will be very hard for someone to say that you are wrong.
Like this post? Read, Authority to get my insight on how to peacefully deal with people who are in control over you like a boss. Double entendre intended.
“Tetris Game” Stock Photo courtesy of graur razvan ionut from freedigitalphotos.net.