I read this post by David Matta and it struck how it is often the simple things that help us to understand what true rationality is. When I talk about rational thinking, too often people feel that they are being judged and that they are being called irrational. But this is not the case at all. The lack of rationality does not imply that an individual is irrational. Take an example, of religion, a person can be a practicising Christian, or they can be an Atheist (taking only two of the diverse religious choices). Being an Atheist does not automatically mean that a person hates religion, that they are against Christianity, what it does mean, however is that an Atheist does not believe in the tenets of religion. The use of reductionist thinking hurts everyone involved (that is, categorising people based on a single choice, or individual quality) and means that true intellectual debate can’t be entered into due to placing people in the boxes that we feel that they should fit in.
The opposite of rationality is not irrationality but non-rationality. For both rationality and irrationality describe degrees of bounded reasoning. Non-rationality on the other hand invites unbounded awareness, i.e. more dimensions of the personality such as feeling, emotions, perception, etc… to bear on the situation and rightly so.