A helpful bit of self-awareness really hit me today. We know that there are many times when our sense of logic and our feelings, comfort, or desire, clash and we need to make deliberate choices about which will win. But the process isn’t so clear-cut. Our feelings can actually affect our logic. If we were more objective, we might think something is important/likely to a certain degree, but then, when it becomes inconvenient (in any way), we actually question that importance/likelihood more.
The same is true with values, perhaps even more so. For example, the feeling that “We should do everything we can to help in this emergency situation”… when it turns out that we just can’t fix everything… can become a question of “What difference does it make?”