Reasoning out Needs and Wants

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Once, a professor told us that whenever you do something, try to think about it whether do you want to do it or you have to do it. The thought seems quite obvious but we try to stay away from giving a thought to classifying our actions/thoughts.  Need could be defined as something you must have whereas Want could be something you would like to have.

Let me try reasoning out why I think I need/want something.

  1. Need/Want: I need an e-reader.
    Reason: I already spend a lot on buying books and e-books are cheaper than books and also environment friendly. The e-reader experience is as good as reading a book and it would also be easier to carry around.
    Valid: Yes
  2. Need/Want: I need to do an MBA.
    Reason: I am confused as to whether I want to do it but since, most of my contemporaries are running to do it, I think I too I need to do an MBA.
    Valid: No
  3. Need/Want: I need to update my blog regularly.
    Reason: I need to update my blog regularly because I want to have more number of page hits and that makes me feel like I am loved/admired and I really need that love/admiration.
    Valid : No
  4. Need/Want: I want an ipad2.
    Reason: Seems like a cool device to play around and show off to others.
    Valid: Yes
  5. Need/Want: I need to justify on what basis I am validating reasons.
    Reason: I need to justify how I am validating reasons to let others know what reasoning is going through to give the validation of need/want as yes or no.
    Valid: Yes

Have you tried reasoning out why do you need/want something or why do you want/need to do something? If we try doing so, we sometimes ourselves realize that our justification of it as a want/need is not valid. And in that case, we may choose to look for more valid reasons or we may choose to ignore thinking about it. After all, we don’t need to limit ourselves to what we need as sometimes we need to treat ourselves to what we want.

I feel it’s a basic human need to want something in life to live life and not end up just surviving life.

Emotion and Reason

Reading Time: 1

Emotion and Reason.The heading itself points to the conflict that’s always going around in one’s mind.Is it reasonable to be emotional?Should I trust my emotions or my reason?Why is it that the emotions and reasons often seem to conflict?
These questions are too intangible to be solved in a jiffy.I am not an enlightened soul to give an answer to such queries.The answers to such questions is not objective but subjective.
In the modern world,we always seem to be so busy all the time,not knowing where we are going or what we are doing.Today,i looked up at the sky and it seemed to be an eternity since the last time i had seen the sky with no thoughts in my mind.But in today’s world people talking abstract ideas are called philosophers who didn’t have something worthwhile to study.
At times i have felt,i should have shown some emotions to the people who love me but my reason says that there is no need to show-off the emotions,it would look dramatic.And i have listened to my reason and i have held back my emotions.It’s only later in the life i realize how much the emotions matter.
A hug or encouraging words are sometimes what one needs to buck up and face his challenges.
But reason is equally important to help you control your mind and concentrate on your task and not about the past incidents which make you feel nostalgic.
I hope my friends would be reasonable to understand my lack of emotions sometimes.Emotion and Reason always go hand in hand to keep the balance in your life.You can’t value one of them ahead of the other.