“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21 (NKJV)
Is it strange how prevalent the idea that rational thought is supreme has become? I get it. Rational thought is extremely important. But humans are not chiefly rational beings, are we?
I realize that the first reaction tends to be one of disdain for our moments of irrationality. And I do agree that often irrational behavior tends to be characterized as ‘bad’. But irrational behavior does not have to be bad and deviant.
How much sense does love make? Beyond the scope of commentary on love while in the pangs and heartache of it, love is quite irrational if it is only intended to function as an impetus to procreate. How many animals are monogamous, imitating at least in physical form love? Not many. In mammals, it is only in the three to five percentile.
Animals don’t need love, not even its shadow, to procreate so why should humans? It is a waste of time and resources — according to rational thought mind you. And yet somehow even the greatest ‘rational’ thinkers venerate love. It just doesn’t seem to add up.
We are not simply rational though. Nor are we simply irrational. We are alterational, which is to say that we oscillate between the two. As such, we should not discount so lightly our irrational nature because it can be quite important. Those transcendent virtues we all desire, need, are found more often in irrationality than rationality.
Love, hope, faith, joy, forbearance, forgiveness. They don’t make a lot of sense if we really try to refine them in the fires of rationality. As Christians, we need them so desperately though. If we live our faith, it is why so many people can not understand our actions. They don’t make sense. We stupefy the wise with our foolishness. But then we are wisdom of God, the foolishness of man.