From Latin rationalis, rational is it pertaining or relative to the reason . This concept has numerous uses, such as references to the power to discuss, the reason or cause, the argument that is used to support something, or the quotient of two numbers.
Rational, therefore, is that which arises from reasoning, which results according to reason or which is endowed with it . For example: "Don't explain to me what happened with unusual arguments: I want to hear a rational explanation", "The deputy has proven to be a rational man who knows how to act in these circumstances", "If you were a little more rational, you wouldn't have bought a similar car just on impulse.".
The rational opposes the irrational . If a man you have heart problems, rational behavior implies that you take care of your health and do not take unnecessary risks. In case that person decides to parachute, it could be said that he does not act rationally.
Sometimes, the line that divides the rational from the irrational is very thin, and it is difficult to perceive it clearly. The decision of a woman Who occupies a managerial position in a large company and who chooses to resign to start up his own venture can be considered as rational by some (since he will have greater autonomy and will not have a ceiling for his earnings) and as irrational by others ( that they think is a risky bet and should not leave a well-paid job).
A rational number , on the other hand, is one that can be represented as the quotient of two integers with denominator other than zero.
The rational animal
Various sources extend along infinite paragraphs to exalt the figure of human being among all the species of this planet, to the point of qualifying ourselves as entities that touch the divinity. It is said that we are the only rational beings, and that distinguishes us from the rest of the animals, so it is not entirely correct to assume that we belong to the same kingdom as the latter.
Continuing with the observations accepted by the majority, human beings are the only ones who are aware of their own existence, which leads us to want to modify our environment and convert the world In a human place. We are not satisfied with what nature gives us, with the natural disposition of things, but we need to leave our mark to feel more comfortable and protected, regardless of the consequences of our changes, the suffering that others generate.
On the other hand, the scholars of our supposed superiority they ensure that only we can foresee our death, which drives us to take advantage of our life and make it something of our own, unique, unlike the rest of the species. And it is this last point that is especially ridiculous: enough look out the window to see hundreds of people dragging their routine existences, which are nothing more than almost exact replicas of the lives of their parents, who in turn imitated theirs, and so on.
Can a scientist really advertise our species, while the streets are full of people who do not know how to cover their unhappiness, who does not stop to think about their own existence because they are stunned with technology that only a few are able to create and with the plastics lives of the famous? The new generations write worse and worse, read less and less; people leave their profession to run to the altar and reproduce ... Are we really in a position to flaunt our intellect in front of beings who do not need anyone to get their food, who heal for themselves and do not destroy the balance of the nature?