Reasonosis: a condition of the central nervous system, centralized in the brain, involving dangerous swelling in the left hemisphere of the brain, caused by sustained isolation from the right hemisphere. If untreated, can result in loss of psychological balance and distorted perceptions of reality.
Antidote: escapism in moderately dispensed quantities.
Somewhere along the line, reason ascended from ruling monarch to god and we lost our balance. We toppled into a most unhelpful habit…isolating one kind of thinking from another.
Maybe it happened as we began to amass a clinical understanding of what the brain does and how it goes about it. Maybe, like a child with a new toy, we tossed aside the old, familiar wisdom about the realm of imaginative wanderings that lead to such discoveries.
To be fair, imaginative discovery is on the accepted value list, as long as it serves commerce. Imaginative wandering, however, is more suspect. A bit of a tight spot, since the wandering must precede the discovery.
In any event, we need to pull ourselves together.
Sometimes an old friend has the best words. Here’s William Wordsworth
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.