Emotion vs rationality: personal ties and formal logic

The news this past week has been full of alleged psychodrama, as the Miliband brothers, both contenders, explored the layers of meaning of the 2010 Labour Party Leadership election.

The impacts for David and Ed Miliband individually, for their relationship with each other, for their families, and for their chosen political party and the country will doubtless become clearer over time.

Most of us will not wish to probe the personal specifics too closely; there is probably a limit to how much as observers we need to know about the intimate emotional lives of others, even politicians.

But another issue, perhaps both more legitimately in the public domain and less often acknowledged, is this: can blood (to reinvent the age-old expression) ever really be no thicker than water?

* Is it actually possible for people bound by deep personal ties to compete as rationally as casual acquaintances or strangers might?

* Will there always be undercurrents of a different kind when people with close personal connections interact?

* And, if so, would we want it any other way?


Posted on September 29, 2010, in Real-Life Examples and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The actual question here is ‘can people interact with disregard to the relationship that exists between them’, however shallow or deep that relationship may be.

    Of course not. The way in which people interact is inherently bound up with their relationship. That is, the relationship that exists between two or more people forms part of the setting in which interaction takes place. This means that the relationship will, at least in part, dictate the form that interaction takes.

  2. Additionally, no people ever act completely rationally. It is quite possible that siblings could compete more rationally – in full knowledge of each other’s strengths, weaknesses etc and also with a long developed love for each other that enables them to put petty consideations to one side – than two strangers.

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