If X Happens, Then I Will Do Y

2 min readJan 1, 2023


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We know, the premise will offer a schematic conclusion from the major and minor premises. If we change the meaning of the premise and put it in the title above, for example:

X = a series of event
Y = whether logic or emotions

When do we use logic in an incident, likewise, when do we use emotion?

Remember, this is just a fleeting thought that crossed my mind because, to be honest, I have experienced this both at work and personal life.

Logic is very useful in the realm of work, for example:

  • minimize changes to make a mistake
  • support good decision making
  • process facts and implement a reasonable solution

Meanwhile, when talking about the emotional side of the workplace, some people will share both things, whether they are positive or negative.

Positive tends to lead to being comfortable with the environment, satisfied with the company’s perks, and also enthusiastic about working on current or future projects.

Negative emotions sometimes arise, including irritability, anger that explodes easily and feeling stressed because of the workload or the environment.

Let’s look at it, if we use excessive logic and emotions, the results tend to be excessive as well.

Biased views often arise when with whom we talk. The things that arise in our minds lead to illogical arguments and the tendency is very unpleasant with some things that are not the same as our POV.

Back again to the things below:

X = a series of event
Y = whether logic or emotions

If x happens then I will do Y, in what conditions do you think it should be used?

There are several articles and writings saying that emotion and logic are like oil and water. Yes, it is.

As Jocko Willink said in Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual

…because emotion and logic will both reach their limitations. And when one fails, you need to rely on the other. When it just doesn’t make any logical sense to go on, that’s when you use your emotion, your anger, your frustration, your fear, to push further, to push you to say one thing: I don’t stop. When your feelings are screaming that you have had enough when you think you are going to break emotionally, override that emotion with concrete logic and willpower that says one thing: I don’t stop.

Fight weak emotions with the power of logic; fight the weakness of logic with the power of emotion.”

Again, what’s on your mind with If X happens, then I will do Y.

If this thing really happens. When is the best time to use logic and emotions? Logic first and emotions second? or vice versa?

Logic and emotion matter.




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