The Adjustment from Logic

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Someway along the way or from the very beginning, we choose adjustment; it is us as a form of default, or alternatively, we consciously reject adjustment. In rejecting it, we stay along a path of inner knowing.

When we choose adjustment, we choose to place higher value on the structure of the current paradigmatic thought process rather than the structure and implementation of logic.

photo by Neven Krcmarek

While paradigmatic thought and logic are not always mutually exclusive, we risk being less cognizant of logical alternatives in lieu of the easily-accessible and understood paradigm. By continuously adjusting our behaviors, thoughts, and actions towards the current paradigm, we neglect to consider logic to an absurd level. So much so, that if we become adjusted enough to the popular mode of thought, we make it a point to destroy those points of logic that don’t fit into the paradigm we have come to adopt.

Institutions, from the professional to the religious, suffer this dissociative thinking when an instance of logic occurs and is thrown aside in the face of a preferable outcome derived from paradigmatic thought. Micro-communities can also use and exploit a set paradigm to the advantage of a particular party within the community, such as the leader, or an ideal, as set forth by one or more members of the community.

photo by Jason Blackeye

We are not doing well to be adjusted to ideas that contradict logic. If we can parse out even slight logical exercises in the face of a  questionable situation, we can do much better to address the situation in reality, rather than in a constructed duplication of a reality that is muddled by overt or covert influence.

Logic is a profoundly important skill to administer daily. It awakens and beautifies the world around us, freeing us to parse out higher-level information musings. While logic is not always innately understood, it can be learned. If we choose adjustment, we will likely have easier lives, but a logical life provides a life closer to a truth-process, which is arguably closer to the fulfilling human experience.