The logic of Life
Introduction to Logic
I can never forget that first day of college when I heard the term LOGIC. What was used so freely by us – namely in describing people like XYZ who were so illogical took on a completely new meaning- especially when delivered as a lecture by stern Prof . Swaminathan in his deep sonorous voice and perfect English diction. As 17 year olds appearing for our Intermediate Arts examination, all of us tried to look suitably intelligent as he went on and on about Deductive Logic . All that I remember after all these years is the derision with which he looked at all of us down his sharp Patrician nose and words like ” the validity of a syllogistic argument” , ” Modus tollendo ponens” and “Modus Tollendo tollens” and the ultimate ” dictum de omni et de nullo” that still float somewhere in my the deep recess of my subconscious mind or dare I say Id?
What brought all this logic to the surface was a conversation yesterday at the beginning of Yoga class where we were discussing the incident of the boy who fell out of the window from the 19th floor. We wanted to know what the real story was :
1) Did the boy jump out of the window because he was a jilted lover?
2) Did he fall out of the window while attempting to puke, losing his balance as he was in a deep state of inebriation?
3) Was he pushed out by his friends and as alleged by his father?
Whatever it was, the result was the same – the 18 year old lay dead in a pool of blood at 4.30 am and no amount of knowing the reason that led to his fall would bring him back alive.
This brings me to the following beliefs which I am trying to connect and bring to a logical argument.
1) The first premise is : Our lives are not ours to take or give away because it is a Gift from God
2) The second premise is: If our lives are not ours to take, whose life is it anyways?
3) The third premise is : If our lives are not ours to do with as we will, then do we have the right to live our lives the way we want?
4) the fourth premise is : If we can’t live our lives the way we want to, then how do we live our lives?
So how do we solve the argument? And what is the logical conclusion?
If any of you dear readers, have the solution to this problem, please help.