|Level your Life [Reason 400-499]|
Intelligence and rationality rise to the forefront when the emotionalism of the lower levels is transcended. Reason is capable of handling large, complex amounts of data and making rapid, correct decisions; of understanding the intricacies of relationships,graduations, and fine distinctions; and expert manipulation of symbols as abstract concepts becomes increasingly important. This is the level of science,medicine and of generally increased capacity for conceptualization and comprehension. Knowledge and education are here sought as capital. Understanding and information are the main tools of accomplishment, which is the hallmark of the 400 level.
The shortcomings of this level involve the failure to clearly distinguish the difference between symbols and what they represent , and confusion between the objective and subjective worlds that limits the understanding of causality.At this level, it´s easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, to become infatuated with concepts and theories and end up missing the essential point. Intellectualizing can become an end in itself. Reason is limited in that it doesn´t afford the capacity for the discernment of essence or of the critical point of a complex issue.
Reason does not of itself provide a guide to truth. It produces massive amounts of information and documentation, but lacks the capability to resolve discrepancies in data and conclusion.
All philosophical arguments sound convincing on their own.
Although Reason is highly effective in a technical world where the methodologies of logic dominate, Reason itself, paradoxically, is the major block to reaching higher levels of consciousness.
Transcending this level is relatively uncommon in our society.