Everyone knows the brain and heart are a pair. They’re in completely different parts of the body but the matter of the fact is that one cannot exist without the other. This isn’t only on just a physiological level, but even on the more abstract levels, such as dreams, love, fear and pain. Before someone who’s done AP Biology or Chemistry tells me those are all “chemical reactions”, this isn’t a science lesson. For you non-science people, you’re probably thinking about the fact that the heart and the brain in romanticism, are mortal enemies in which the brain is representative of logic and the heart is the embodiment of love and desires. Well, this is why I’ve decided to get a bit philosophical with you guys and introduce you to the concept of the Unity of Opposites, which was proposed by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. On top of that, I’ve also decided to introduce my own theory, The Metaphysical Contiguity of the Heart and the Brain, which is backed by the aforementioned. I feel like those of you who’ve managed to read up until this sentence are probably tempted to just close the page, but you needn’t worry, the big words are just my way of making myself seem somewhat credible.
The Unity of Opposites encompasses this idea of an entity being dependent on the co-existence of two of its most vital components, which are generally opposites in whatever sense you can muster up. The instances in which the Unity of Opposites can exist can be as simple as the earth and its need for contrasting seasons or in matters of life and death, which is commonly found in a number of Shakespearean tragedies. An example of this would be The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, in which an absence of logic and the subjugative power of love do end in the tragic but foreseeable deaths of the play’s protagonists.
In looking at the correlation of the brain and the heart in modern society we always see this detachment of one or the other to avoid heartbreak or to allow oneself to love freely without the nagging of reason. This all stems from the culture that emerged post-2010 which we all saw the reappearance of feminism and witnessed the emasculation of men simply because women were empowered and had developed an in-touch-ness with their femininity and identity. I am by no means critical of these however I am critical of this whole idea of “play or be played”, “fuckboys” and “I’m not ready for a relationship but I’ll keep you as a filler for a possible boy/girlfriend” modern-day mores. The reason for my disapproving attitude is because they’ve become a norm, people have dubbed these as cool, and aim to give of the impression of indifference and on some level, superiority. This thus leads to an artificial detachment between the heart and the brain which gives you this falseness of having conquered the unconquerable.
As mentioned before, the heart and brain are a pair and one does not survive without the other. There is an absolute falsehood in “detachment” because a lot of us fail to recognize the “intimate and [often] underestimated relation” between the two. Yes, there is a definite sense of conflict emotionally in which the “heart doesn't let the brain think properly while the brain doesn't let the heart beat properly” (JAIN). There’s a battle for dominance and there is beauty in that because as humans we feel more profoundly, so much so that we have been dubbed the most emotionally complex creatures on earth.
Simultaneously the heart and the brain are congruous with one another. The brain is the mind and the mind is the spirit in which the heart is the wants and the wants are our souls. For some of you, if not all, the two are the same but one interpretation is that the spirit is peace and inner depth and the soul is fire and desire wherein one fulfills the other. Your spirit holds your soul and your soul keeps your spirit afloat, somewhat akin to that of an air balloon that is kept afloat by heat, a fire.
The Metaphysical Contiguity of the heart and the brain encompasses the idea of harmonic conflict while addressing a conflicting synergy between the two. One might even take it as an infinite cycle of creation more on the level of keeping one alive while giving them new outtakes on life itself. There is no such thing as detaching one from the other because then you’re left with a fraudulent shell of yourself. The two most vital parts of one’s physical being play the same role in one’s celestial being.