Good Reason — How to Return to Our Senses

Alan Rayner
2 min readJan 1, 2020

Good Reason

Makes natural sense of how we actually are

In the world as it actually is

Based on our actual experience of living

As we actually do

In the midst of our natural neighbourhood

Not set apart from it

In some other-worldly frame

That makes non-sense of all we actually know

In our minds, hearts, guts and skins


Good Reason

Brings our Thinking and Feeling

Together with Our Sensing and Intuition

It doesn’t split each from the other

In separate, sealed containers

For to do that

Simply makes non-sense of all we actually know

In our skins, guts, hearts and minds

For no good reason


Good Reason

Brings our cognitive awareness of physical form and movement

And our emotional awareness of love, fear, sorrow and joy

And our experiential awareness of natural recurrences

And our sensory awareness of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting,

Balancing, hurting and feeling comfortable

All imaginatively combined

In comprehensive awareness of how we actually are

In the world as it actually is -

A natural coming together of energy and space

Included in each other’s embrace -

A dance of receptivity and responsiveness

Bringing into sentient flesh

A natural communion of Liveliness and Grace



Thinking split from feeling

Creates a world of angst

Where thoughtless feeling

Collides with feelingless thought

Irrationality at odds with rationality

With neither making sense of our natural experience of life

In present tense

And instead making an absolute hash of it


So, now as our world carries us in ceaseless turns

Let’s have Good Reason

For returning to our senses

And living once again

A life in love with feeling

Not failing to abide

With how we naturally are

In the world as it naturally is




Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion