should i follow my heart?

which way will you go?

“…and the vicious decision is drivin’ me mad…should i follow my head or follow my heart?”  (can anyone name the album/band that song came from? extra bonus pts for anyone who can produce a pic of the vinyl version of that one…)

we often wrestle with the battle between our heads and our hearts.  is it just a “knowing vs. feeling thing,” or is there more to it? and if we decide upon one, does that mean the other is bad? but then if they’re both good, why do i have to choose one or the other? or if they’re both bad, why do i have to choose one (oops, didn’t mean to get political…)

someone much wiser than i stated this:

“…when our brain is separated from our heart we will invariably think dualistically, because we ourselves are split. the last 500 years, when we came to rely upon printed words for truth, rational thinking was idealized into what we ironically call “the enlightenment” (largely beginning in the18th century). this period separated the mind from the heart rather totally, and we might add, since this time war has been almost non stop, and christianity began to divide into all head people or all heart people, as we often still have today.  both lose half of the picture.

when the human person is split, we find ourselves either in a “war culture”—or in the culture wars that we have in america today—or both.  it seems we have to hate somebody or something when we cannot resolve the contradictions that are everywhere—first of all within ourselves.  as jesus said, “the lamp of the body is the eye” (luke 11:34).  and the eye sees most truthfully when it looks out from that place where the mind and the heart are one.” – fr. richard rohr

 so – which will it be? head? heart? would a return to a “less enlightened” understanding of the truth lead to a more enlightened approach to loving humanity?  one could only hope…