Chapter 5: Man Is Life’s Invention
In life it is not so: two plus two is sometimes three, sometimes five - in fact, it is never four! In life it is never four. And now even mathematicians, geometricians, logicians have started becoming aware of the phenomenon. A new branch of geometry has happened, non-Euclidean geometry; it has changed the whole Euclidean static world. In non-Euclidean geometry nothing is logical. But you will be surprised to know that Albert Einstein found it far more helpful in discovering the Theory of Relativity than Euclidean geometry, which is logical.
Albert Einstein, before he died, just two days before, said, “When I started my adventure into the world of science I was very certain that two plus two is four. Now I cannot say that - I cannot say it with any certainty. All certainty is gone. As I have gone deeper into the mystery of existence. I have found that our logic is applicable only to the most superficial. The deeper you go, the more irrelevant it becomes.” His last words were, “To me life is a mystery now, and I feel that there is something in life which is absolutely unknowable.”
Logic believes in two categories: the known and the unknown. That which is unknown today will become known tomorrow. That which is known today was unknown yesterday. So there is not much difference between the known and the unknown; they belong to the same category. Logic does not believe in the unknowable - and the unknowable is the very heart of life, the very heartbeat of the universe.
I am not against logic. Use it - it is a beautiful strategy as far as things are concerned, the marketplace is concerned, the superficial world is concerned - but beware that you don’t go on carrying it into deeper layers of life and experience. There it is a hindrance.
Logic means mind. Mind is helpful in understanding the objective world. Mind is a hindrance in understanding the subjective world, because the subjective world is beyond the mind, behind the mind. You can use your eyes to see others, but you cannot use your eyes to see yourself. If you want to see yourself through your own eyes you have to use a mirror. To look in a mirror means you are creating a reflection of yourself - which is not you, certainly not you, but you can see the reflection. Logic can see only the reflected glory of existence; it cannot see existence itself because existence is far deeper than logical formulations.
Your question is significant, very significant.
You ask: “To what extent does life have relevance to logic?”
To a very small extent, just skin-deep. Deeper than that logic loses all relevance; not only that, it becomes ridiculous.
A young officer’s extreme keenness in demanding strict adherence to official regulations was causing problems.
Eventually the genial general took him aside for a chat on “man management,” suggesting that the regulations should be taken as a guide and were not meant to be strictly applied.
“Where in the regulations,” he asked briskly, “is that stated?”