I’m currently reading The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart, with “Willie” being the great Willie Nelson, musician and songwriter extraordinaire.
As you might guess from the title, the book, coauthored by Nelson and Turk Pipkin, elucidates the singer’s philosophy of life, which was strongly influenced by Buddhist and Taoist tenets, and includes lots of autobiographical details.
In one of the early chapters, Willie states that the mind must be the “servant” of the heart. He follows that up by repeatedly saying that the wisdom which comes from intuition and other forms of “emotional knowing” is more trustworthy and valuable than that which results from the employment of cold, dispassionate reasoning.
Is Willie right? Is intuition the greatest type of knowing? Is knowing with the “gut” greater than knowing with the brain? Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your responses.