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The need for immediate answers

January 15, 2009

From Creative Critical Inquiry, Fall 2008:

Do we need immediate answers to many  of our problems today? Which problems?

When did this immediate need arise? Did our grandparents have the same need for immediate answers? Do our children?

How do we know that feeling and intuition are almost instantaneous? Do feeling and intuition ever take a while to provide answers?

Is reasoning painfully slow in a physical way?
In order to answer these questions, we would need to know what the problems are. I can think of some problems that any reasonable person would consider needing an immediate answer, such as what happens if I take this cold medicine with my asthma medication?

On the other hand, there are problems that don’t need immediate answers, such as, if one were having guests over for dinner in two weeks and knew that one guest was lactose-intolerant or vegetarian, then what could be included in the dinner menu to satisfy everyone?

I can’t answer the question of when this “immediate need” arose. However, I can deduce that this immediate need has to do with the fact that communication has improved greatly over the last one hundred years and continues to rapidly improve today: Internet, cell phones, pagers, etc. Many people expect to be able to communicate via these methods to get immediate answers.

History will show whether or not our grandparents had the same need for immediate answers, as well as predicting if our children will, too.

The definitions of feeling and intuition will help us understand their spontaneity.

Perhaps “painfully slow” in reference to reasoning infers stress. Stress can be explained as causing chest pain and high blood pressure.

The definitions from this one source indicate that feeling and intuition are not the same thing, although I perceive them to be closely related.

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