Speak to us of Reason and Passion
And he answered saying:Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield upon which
your reason and your judgement wage war against
your passion and your appetite.
Would that I could be the peacemaker in your
soul, that I might turn the discord and the
rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also
the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and
the sails of your seafaring soul.
If either your sails or your rudder be broken
you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a
standstill in mid-seas.
For reason ruling alone, is a force confining
and passion unattended is a flame that burns to
its own destruction.
Therefore, let your soul exalt your reason to
the heights of passion that it may sing.
And let it direct your passion with reason, that
your passion may live through its own daily
resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above
its own ashes.
I would have you consider your judgement and
your appetite even as you would two loved guests
in your house.
Surely, you would not honour one guest above the
other; for he who is more mindful of the one
loses the love and the faith of both.
Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade
of the white poplars, sharing the peace and
serenity of distant fields and meadows-then let
your heart say in silence, "God rests in reason"’
And when the storm comes and the mighty wind
shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning
proclaim the majesty of the sky, then let your
heart say in awe, "God moves in passion."
And since you are a breath in God's sphere and a
leaf in God's forest, you too should rest in reason
and move in passion. "
... Kahlil Gibran (Quoted from “The Prophet”)