I’ve been reading a lot of Steve Ditko work lately, as many folk who follow along might know.
Much of his premise is following a code of rationality–and in his art, subsequently presenting the rational man as the hero, who, 100% does the rational thing in his actions, cold, unemotive.
It’s a stark contrast to a lot of other work I read, but on the flip side, observing the world we see quite the opposite all of the time, where man acts irrationally, against his and his creeds’ best interests. It seems to be the default state of being.
We see this also with sin, where it’s very easy to fall into traps of sinful nature, thoughts and actions. The world is set up to try to push us in that direction, and we’re all too quick to oblige and engage on the world’s terms.
It takes work and thought to push away from the base nature of the irrational and the sinful. To be the rational man, one has to be vigilant and on the right path at all times. Even a little slip in letting guard down can send a person back to the destructive and evil, the irrational and emotive.
Is there a way to finally combat it? I don’t know. Like anything, it takes observation first and then action. The more one practices seeing the triggers which send oneself into the irrational, then one can consciously do something about it. It’s difficult reversing the track when going down the path of sin, but it isn’t impossible.
The key though is seeing the triggers in oneself, not pointing fingers and smugly noticing the faults in others. That’s almost never helpful nor useful.
Today I ask myself: what can I do to improve myself and how do I consciously stay away from basic, irrational instincts?
Food for thought.
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