Heart or mind, which one helps understand?

Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (4 posts)
  1. m abdullah javed profile image77
    m abdullah javedposted 3 years ago

    Heart or mind, which one helps understand?

  2. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 3 years ago

    Your heart will lead you down many broken roads. It is better to leave your heart for love and compassion and use your mind for thinking and reasoning.

    1. m abdullah javed profile image77
      m abdullah javedposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      hi jthomp, that's good but what do you say, thinking and reasoning possible without love and compassion?

  3. wingedcentaur profile image84
    wingedcentaurposted 3 years ago

    Hi m Abdullah javed! How's it going?

    I recall that you are from India. I know that English is widely known there, having once been an English colony. However, it is not a first language, is it?

    You see, I mention this (as an American; and American English is very slightly different from British English) because I think it is only fair to tell you that in English, we even use the word 'understand' in at least three different ways. There are three that I know of; one for the heart and one for the mind.

    1) We use the word 'understand' in the intellectual sense. Do you understand x equation, chemical formula, metaphysical concept, or something like that? For this kind of 'understanding,' the mind is called for.

    2) We use 'understand' in what you might call a sentimental sense. When we ask for 'understanding' in this sense, we are not really asking someone to intellectually comprehend something. You might say that we are really asking someone to extend sympathy to us. For example: Suppose you have been with your wife for twenty years, married for eighteen. She tells you that, after your first year together, that she had gotten pregnant and had an abortion. She talks about the circumstances that drove her to make the decision and not tell you about it at the time---whatever those might be.

    Now then, what she is presenting you with is not really any intellectual challenge which calls for any mental exercise. She is asking you to forgive her, to 'understand' her pain and agony; after all, she tells you, she hadn't known at the time, that you two we're "gonna be forever." Follow me? This kind of 'understanding' is clearly the province of the heart.

    3) There is a third kind of 'understanding,' we call empathy. Empathy is the ability to "put yourself in the other guy's shoes." This calls for intellectual imaginative ability; but also a large dose of compassion is at least implied because the idea of putting yourself in the other guy's shoes is all about the idea of the oneness of humanity, and all that good stuff; we're talking about the combination of heart and mind with this one.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)