Rationalism is the belief that some or all knowledge is innate and not dependent on the physical senses. If we see an action and consider it to be wrong it is likely due to an inherent belief there is a right and a wrong way to live.

When we choose one product over another or one way of life or belief over another this tends to be an expression of innate values.

Rationalists believe reason can discover truth. Empiricists on the other hand argue that all knowledge is based on sense experience. They favor using machines to test our experiences because machines are not susceptible to subjective influences. A person who sees two people arguing who likes one and dislikes the other is likely to see the person they dislike as the aggresor. This is allowing ones subjective impressions or personal feelings to influence ones conclusions.

Rationalists believe choices may be influenced by physical factors and experience but ultimately choices are personal and based on who we are as individuals. We fellowship with those whom we value because of innate predilictions. We prefer certain traits and behaviours - even from birth it is how we are made. Indeed we could not have an experience without a predisposition to react to external influences in a certain way. We dislike certain things because we are predisposed to dislike them.

Business owners may start off as independent souls but the needs of the business soon corrupt and overly influence how they live, they become slaves to the needs of the business and soon are making choices that may not only harm society but may even conflict with their own best interests.

Revised September 23, 2013


definiing the meaning of progress