Originally Posted by royster
The universe operates in abstract patterns. Who is the authority on "rational"?
One gets to make that determination in the world for one's self, and one's effectiveness in getting the results one wants, in my view, can be dramatically impacted by how skillful one is using their thoughts rationally and consciously. That is not to say to ignore intuition, but to use it in conjunction with reality.
There's nothing wrong
with living your entire life being run by unexamined irrational fears or habitual thought patterns, but it tends to limit your effectiveness in getting the results you want.
For instance, a common problem for older people: they're overvigilantly afraid that if they hit the wrong key or push the wrong button, they'll break the machine -- or even blow it up!
Being hypervigilant has the tendency to take up a lot of your conscious awareness, thereby reducing your conscious stage for learning and for dealing with authentic threat.