There’s this beautiful verse in Khalil Gibran’s book, The Prophet that speaks to the interplay between reason and passion.
It reminds us that these two qualities, so often treated as opposing forces and even warring world-views, are actually essential and hopelessly co-mingled elements of a live well-lived.
They each make the other possible.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction. Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion; that it may sing; And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.
In fact, there’s research to back this interdependence up. In this week’s Good Life Project Riff, we explore the beautiful and necessary interplay between reason and passion.
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