“Where there is security and illumination, princes are superfluous.”

Adam Weishaupt

This article addresses Rational Decisions and the Quest for Wisdom.


At different times, wisdom expressed in adages has been a guiding light for our actions.

From Latin arise sayings like:

“A mandato seu praecepto non est inchoandum” – “One should not begin from command or precept”


“Argumentum ad verecundiam non est ratio” – “The argument from authority is not reasoning”

Both carry an essential message about making informed decisions.

The first adage emphasizes the importance of not initiating an action simply because someone commanded it. The focus is on not acting mechanically but understanding the reasons behind the received instructions. This ancient and simple wisdom shows from times past that the authority of those issuing a mandate should not be the sole justification for our actions.

I did it because I received orders” was the main excuse of the Nazi criminals. Most were not even military, only bureaucrats.

On the other hand, the second adage, by stating that the argument from authority is not reasoning, emphasizes another facet. The need to base our decisions on logic and reason instead of accepting them solely because of the authority of those who utter them. We should seek solid arguments and valid reasons instead of blindly relying on the authority of a figure.

Here we have a clearer view of decision-making both at a collective and individual level. We should initiate a process of reflection and critical analysis in the face of the instructions we receive. And who knows, even invitations.

The mere issuance of a mandate should not be enough to get us moving, but rather the understanding of the reasons behind these instructions.

It is prudent to have a more discerning approach to the orders and instructions given to us. Critical thinking, so out of fashion lately, where everything coming from authorities and even influencers is accepted, highlights how important it is to think critically.

The ancient “think for yourself” and evaluating the reasons and seeking an accurate understanding before acting.

Those who are swayed by emotion, ideology, lack of reflection, and passions, end up deviating from the path.

Our decisions should be based on the understanding of why and on grounded logic; after all, a decision that reflects wisdom is one that is informed by reasoned understanding.

The pursuit of understanding the motives behind our actions, coupled with grounded analysis, is the beacon that keeps us on the right track.

Wisdom lies in recognizing the importance of emotions, ideals, and passions but also in balancing them with rational clarity.

Deciding wisely does not mean suppressing emotions but understanding and integrating them into an informed decision-making process based on solid reasons and grounded logic.

By recognizing the impact of emotions and passions in our choices and simultaneously seeking logical and grounded understanding, we tread a path that harmonizes human sensitivity with rational clarity.

It is in this junction that we find the essence of wisdom, being between the sea of emotions and the solid ground of reason, keeping ourselves on the path of better understanding.

True wisdom lies in the ability to recognize the influence of these emotional and ideological elements without allowing them to distort our judgment.

Understanding the environment, circumstances, and consequences of our choices is essential to making informed decisions.

Analyzing the complete picture, coupled with understanding the motives and grounded logic, strengthens the quality of our decisions.

How to make decisions:

Calmness in these moments is essential to ensure thoughtful choices:

Breathe deeply: In decision-making situations, breathe deeply to calm the mind. This helps reduce anxiety and allows for clearer thinking.
Identify the problem: Clearly define what the problem or situation requiring a decision is. Understanding the issue in its entirety is the first step to making an accurate decision.
Gather information: Seek relevant information. The more information you have about the subject, the better the basis for the decision.
Set reasonable deadlines: If possible, give yourself a deadline to make the decision. This prevents procrastination but also allows enough time for careful analysis.
Weigh the options: List the available options and evaluate the pros and cons of each. Consider the consequences of each choice.
Consult others: Talking to trusted individuals can provide different perspectives and additional information to consider.
Visualize the scenario: Imagine the possible consequences of each decision. This helps to have a clear idea of what might happen after taking a certain direction.
Reflect and review: Take time to reflect on the collected information and available options. Sometimes, a pause in reflection can bring clarity.
Trust intuition: In certain cases, intuition can be valuable. If something feels right, even if there isn’t a clear reason, consider that feeling.
Decide and accept: After going through this process, make a decision. Accept that all decisions have some level of uncertainty and be willing to learn from the results.

Create within yourself a unique space where you will conduct your most careful and thoughtful analyses, resulting in choices aligned with your goals and values.