Being rational is not what made the Nazis monsters. The Nazis were evil because they were morally and ethically bankrupt.
Humanity comes in all kinds of packages, or shades if you may. In the Myers-Briggs I was the highest score in Intuitive in our company. The accounting department had the furthest scores away from the N. I was in advertising, a creative position, and those gifted in Sensing (S) were the ones you want keeping the books and counting the money.
There’s room for mathematicians, engineers and artists… or rather, we are each happiest finding careers or lifestyles that correspond with who we are in that realm.
The Moral realm is another matter. I do not equate being rational with immorality. Love and caring should be how we are toward others (and the planet), whatever our Myers-Briggs scores.
The reason I wrote this piece, though, had to do with the conviction that our country is overweighted toward play, and it can get in the way of a higher calling for those who have a sense of purpose in their lives. That the meaning of happiness today has changed from the days of the Founding Fathers.
I know too many stories of longterm damage that occur after a short term “hey let’s party.” A young baseball player who already signed for 1.5 million dollars with a top team went out to a bar when home for Christmas and got into a fight and injured his throwing arm, never to play ball again.
I TOTALLY agree that the addiction to “pursuit of meaning” can make one joyless, especially when money is the measure. Dickens’ Christmas Carol is fabulous for showing how wilted up a person can become.
The antidote is not the pursuit of pleasure, but rather, living a life directed to others, helping make the world a better place, at whatever level we’re at. In Simba’s case he was called to be a king.