“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of ," besides being one of the most famous quotes of Blaise Pascal, a great philosopher of the 17th century , this one line exhibits the biggest confusion of the human psyche- whether to govern actions by the firmness of mind or the tenderness of heart.and as the statement above makes it quite clear.The reasoning of the heart is so dominant at times that it becomes ignorant of the rationality of the world.
Heart is symbolic of emotions, feelings, attatchments.It has its own reasoning which the mind may not approve of, probably because it lacks the evidences or arguments that prove it to be right.But has an understanding that assures it of not being wrong.At times the high EQ(emotional quotient) may overshadow the strong IQ.
The reason for it is simple when faced with a situation,our heart pulls us to one direction and the mind to the other.We don't know which way to go this gives rise to a conflict that interferes with our ability to think rationally.There is no direction,just a dead point.We feel lost and .our mind stops working,stops thinking and then we become totally dependent on what our heart tells us afterall its our last resort.Some people often refer to it as their inner voice.We commonly come across people saying "I don't know why but I feel its wrong,I don't have a reason for it but my heart tells me its not right" .There are no pros and cons,no proofs. Its just a feeling and we go by it and more often than not it proves to be right.
It may sound quite convenient but lets face it, its not all that easy,because mostly people listening to their hearts are categorically labeled as emotional fools by the world.They are often considered as sentimental or mindless, but what accounts for consideration here is that is it easy to go against the rationality that is acceptable to all. Is it easy to convince others on the basis of just a faith,belief or feeling that what we are saying is probably right when you have to work against all odds.Well the answer to it is simple.No,then what enables us to still follow what our heart says.It is our righteousness,the purity of our soul and our character that tells us go ahead take a chance.I'm not saying we can never go wrong when we are governed by our heart but then even our mind doesn't provide us with that kind of a security and more than anything else listening to the heart leaves us with less regrets.Very often we come across people who complain "I wish I had listened to my heart..,"rather than those who say"I wish I had applied logic..".
There are no rules to life,but what we know is that life is a sum of all our choices.The difference lies in how those choices are made ,on the basis of the mind or the heart. Heart makes us do things that are far from logical thinking and isolated from visible outcome.But the pleasure that is derived from following the heart is immeasureable and as said by Henry Amiel "Man becomes man only by the intelligence, but he is man only by the heart"
**This article was written by my best friend Parul for her college magazine.She feels that this is not amongst her best wrok.Please pour in your views