Our senses are vital , but they are not the peak of well being. Smell, Sight, Hearing, Taste, Feeling – these are common senses which help every man reach a level of awareness and perception, but they do not autonomously bring about valued judgement – deciding what is right or wrong.
Every being possesses the power of sensations ,but only few are naturally gifted to have control over them. The perception obtained from the senses still need to be processed further to produce information, else the sense will be governed or overpowered by external forces. Science has proven that man is a higher animal, this claim has a huge implication. Humans are capable of engaging in social, psychological and other aspects of life that enhance well being . The abilities to unravel issues and maintain orderliness highly distinguish man from animals. However, there are some humans that do not posses the power of reasoning, these kind of people also form part of the society.
These people only sense things around them, but they possess little or no reasoning . This consist of the Senile, Infants & Insane beings.These group of people only posses the power of sensations, but reasoning is far from them. It is clearly understandable that it is nature that patterned this. In becoming a whole man, it is expedient to carry intelligence or reasoning along. Having sense is not enough, man needs to evaluate his senses with reasoning forces, these forces will help in distinguishing the right from wrong and would enhance clarification on sensations perceived.
Man also experiences what I would like to refer to as “Mental Objects”. These mental objects can be seen or regarded as things that govern man’s senses. The mental objects varies from time to time, sometimes it could change from one form to another. Emotions, Social uprightness, Psychological uprightness, Financial uprightness, Spiritual uprightness are all mental objects that determine the pace of man’s progress and how he relates to his fellow man.
Our mental objects make us unique amongst our peers and are also responsible for most of the problems faced by man. And most times, we don’t quite have the wherewithal to control them, just like we don’t get to choose who we love and how we lose ourselves under the influence of lust, anger and hatred. One way to keep this mental objects in check is by cushioning them with reasoning. We shouldn’t fall inlove with all our heart, but with all our mind.
Some people fall victims of having sense alone by accepting their mental objects without proper logical evaluation. These are the type of people that end up in abusive relationships, broken marriages & divorce .
To sense a phenomenon is good, but applying reasoning is better. It has also been proven scientifically that appearance is a deceit, some things may appear to be real, but after crucial evaluation , they become nonexistent. It is so saddening that majority do not feed their reasoning with sustainable knowledge. Their mental objects have clouded their reasoning with doubts, ill hopes, regrets , inferiority complex and so on . Fulfillments can only come into being by choosing first class reasoning over senses.
Francois -Maire Arouet Voltaire, a French Philosopher and Historian said “Many are destined to reason wrongly, some are not to reason at all, few persecute those who reason” . This quote points out the value of reasoning in the society. Many have persecuted intellectuals by ignoring their reasoning and solutions to societal problems or challenges ,thus there is a barricade against creativity. Furthermore, some have reasoned wrongly by engaging and exhausting their intelligence on frivolities – ideas that do not positively impact society and humanity.
A mind that knows is a mind that is free. It is of dire importance to understand what the senses present. A correct and sound reasoning is a pathway to success. A rational mind will not be led astray, but reasoning might be misleading if and only if the senses do not perceive the premise adequately.