VERY WELL SAID!!!!After living most of my life as an extroverted sensor with very heavily developed thinking preferences, I wound up getting Godsmacked by my feelings when faced with major decisions about the most significant aspects of my life. It is not possible to build a decision making model in a spreadsheet for EVERY major life decision, and then be able to walk away from it with peace of mind, and peace in your heart. No one can predict ALL the variables in major life decisions, OR the values of the variables with 100% accuracy at the time their decision must be made. Believe, I tried to do it for years. I got away with it for awhile, but eventually got knocked on my ass.
IMHO, the bottom line is this: If you are about to make a major decision, you've figured a way to make the numbers "jive" - yet you still have a bad feeling in your gut and unexplainable weight in your heart, then you'd better step back and figure out how you feel about the entire situation and park your thinking at the door for a bit. Once my thoughts and my heart line up, I am able to make indescribably large decisions at a moment's notice. At that point I have done what is right by me, and all I believe in and stand for, and hell or high water if I am loved for it or hated for it, at least I was true to myself and I'm able to walk forward in peace and continue in my life without regret.
Political ideologies frequently engage both the mind and emotion simultaneously, they just do an absolutely horrible job of it.
This is precisely why so many Republicans in the U.S.A. are totally fine with corporate de-regulation to the point that fraud and corruption become part of everyday life, simply because their punk in a blue suit, white shirt and red tie pledged to not fund any public health programs that sponsor abortion in any way with tax dollars. The appeal to these single issue, narrow minded voters is predominantly emotional. They "think" that a candidate speaking from such a bully pulpit MUST also be ethical, but the charade is the worst of hoaxes, yet those voting sheep willingly get sheered after each election, and I dare say sent to the slaughterhouse when their 401-Ks, SEP IRAs and mutual funds plummet in value every 10 - 15 years when the powers that be sodomize the common market for the benefit of the power elite.
I totally agree with this statement.
Regardless of how virtuous, pure and/or rational any cause is - once it is institutionalized by mankind and transformed into a contagious ideology that is in part tied to extracting contributions from and formulating the opinions of its followers with any sort of "blind faith" - what was once a wonderful concept/idea just became a ravenous demon that at some point will propogate idiocy and misery amongst men and women in the lands where the institutionalized belief/concept has influence.
As strong as my own spiritual beliefs are, I can honestly say that I have very little use for organized religion; I never have.
Yeah, yeah that's a very ESTP way to be.
But. that was my belief and practice for the 30+ years that I had no Earthly idea what my MBTI type was, and still is my modus operandi.
Why? Because my connection to the God of my understanding has been direct and clear to me since I was a small child.
All the hours I was made to go to religious education classes my mind was filled with garbage, watered down parables of my faith, which ultimately conflicted with subsequent teachings in the years I was older.
AND - to be quite honest, no one tells me what to do, what to think, or how to feel.
My thoughts and feelings are my own; my locus of control is as self-directed as can be imagined.
I would rather be burned in hell for eternity for living my life according to my beliefs as to how I am to act as an agent of the greater good through the course of my life as a means of demonstrating thanks to my creator; than to blindly walk through life acting and feeling as others told me to - and then explain to my maker when my hour of judgment comes that I did not live of the free will He gave me, or the guidance He sent to me as I lived, but that I foolishly lived according to the teachings of men who were more concerned with the aggrandizement of their own institution and its power than for a common love of mankind, that God taught to us all to hold for one another.