From time to time, I use the word "feel" when I'm writing. Almost always, some reader castigates me for being ruled by my emotions, for making decisions based on squishy, gooshy, lady feelings which have no place in the fine, solid world of reason, justice, and right thinking.
This, I'm happy to have finally figured out, is nonsense.
It's absolutely true that we should not be ruled by our emotions. We should not make decisions based solely on how we feel; and we should not mistake feelings for an end in themselves, as Mark Shea reminds us in "Love Is Not Feelings." We all know someone who allows himself to always to be dragged around by a hurricane of emotion, and it's a horrible...READ MORE