Re my NR resolution to be more rational – it’s just occurred to me that irrationality is totally rational, in its way. Ergo, I should stop railing against the rest of humanity for being irrational and instead be thankful they (we) are. Irrationality is there to stop us doing things that are completely rational on an individual level but maybe not very nice. And, you know, do I really want to be known as Not Very Nice??
Ergo, if you do feel like murdering someone (and I personally don’t, much, it’s too messy) – say you decide the world would be a better place without so and so in it – and you’re not dumb – then you really can.
What stops you? Irrational fears, like jail and the electric chair, and baseless emotions such as fellow feeling, squeamishness, guilt, etc.
Or let’s say it’s you or the baby. There’s only enough food/room for one of you. Your rich boyfriend doesn’t like kids. You know you can have another one any time in the next twenty years (another dozen, if you stick at it). So the rational thing is to ditch the baby. But you don’t, because you ‘love’ it. Individually, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But then love doesn’t (as I’ve noticed, in my long amorous career).
What to do? Modify my NYR? Or embark on a career as a serial killer?