“To be rational, in this instance, doesn’t mean to be devoid of feeling, it simply means to respond the right way, mentally or emotionally, to the corresponding situation.”
Senior Class of 2020
"To achieve anything of note, one needs to employ some level of logical decision-making. Operating by the reasoning of the previous claim, all things, including one's emotional state, would be beholden to that same logic. Though many could classify the pursuit of certain emotions as irrational, I would disagree. From my point of view, the worlds of rational thought and emotion are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, the two rely on each other to maintain the well-being and decisions that people make. So with these ideas on the table, the issue would not be if humans are capable of using logic in emotional matters but understanding how much of one's [logic] is affected by emotions."
Senior, class of 2020
"The ultimate emotional experience is the highest degree of self-enlightenment or self-actualization a person can reach. Buddha believed a person can reach enlightenment if they followed the Middle Way. The Middle Way is the path in between self-gratification and self-mortification meaning not picking between two extremes, but instead trying to find a balance between them. For example, you shouldn't starve yourself, but you also shouldn't become gluttonous."
Senior, Class of 2020