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Intuition as a path to integrating feeling



 

In an individual or a culture it is most difficult to develop the function opposite to the dominate one. Thinking and feeling are both rational functions  but rationality can only have one orientation at a time. If it is oriented towards a conceptual framework it cannot be oriented towards valuing. There is not the same opposition between intuition and thinking  . They are complementary ways of dealing with the same material. Intuition has played an essential, if somewhat subterranean, role in the achievements of intellect  . The path to feeling  must be through an expansion of intuition  . When intuition plays a dominant role it can arbitrate between feeling and intellect. As we develop and differentiate intuition we can begin to allow it to dominate at times and in so doing we provide an opportunity to develop and differentiate the shadow side of thinking.

To the degree that the shadow  remains unconscious and undifferentiated we project  it onto others in ways that distort reality. Rather than deal with the inferior and sometimes malevolent aspects of ourselves and our nation we blame the victims of that malevolence. If those that succeed do so on their skills and competence and those that fail were given a fair chance and could not cut the mustard, then it is too bad for them. The solution is to build more prisons and increase the penalties for all types of crime. The solution is to deport illegal immigrants. The solution is to stop subsidizing the welfare bums. At the same time that we do these things we change the economic system so most of the poor and an increasing percentage of the middle class have little or no chance for a descent life. This is a perfect recipe for creating hell on earth.

These policies are the product of the undercurrent of inferior feeling in a thinking dominated society. The mere fact of one's success is evidence of one's superiority. The people stabbed in the back along the way to success were losers any way. The more wealth and power one acquires the more one wants and the more this is evidence for the justice of one's position. It is quite impossible to objectively evaluate what one has contributed and what one has taken.

How do we get out of the hole we are furiously digging for ourselves? It will not be easy. I fear that it is going to take greater tragedies than we have already experienced. It is impossible for a nation to control its people, but intellect likes to control things. A nation must nourish its people or the people will devour the nation. If instincts for control prevail the tragedy we are creating will be enormous.

The solution is an expansion of consciousness. We must develop and use intuition as a coequal of intellect. We need a basis for deciding when human values must take precedence over the tenets of an incomplete intellectual model. We need a referee between intellect and feeling  and that referee at this stage can only be intuition. Intuition can help us recognize the long term consequences of an action. It can go beyond the tenets of any intellectual system to recognize what consequences and values are beyond the reach of the system.

Intuition is not itself the solution but it is the opening to the other dimensions of the human psyche that are the key to the solution. Inferior feeling is the most obvious defect we have but it is by no means the only one. Intellect will not be supportive. It knows what it knows and it does not trust things that are imprecise or beyond its capacity to use. We must make an end run around intellect by showing how limited an intellectual approach is. I hope my approach to physics and mathematics will become a part of this process. The alternative is for culture to push an intellectual approach to the point that it creates enormous tragedies. This would lead to intellect becoming the rejected shadow  . Such regression would be extremely dangerous in a world with modern technology. Militias , gangs  extreme fundamentalist religions  and cults  are all examples of where that process leads.

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