"Reasoning is based on opinions, in the struggle of antithetic concepts, in the process of conceptual election, etc. Reasoning divides the mind between the struggles of the antitheses. Antithetic concepts convert the mind into a battlefield. A mind which is divided by the battle of reasoning, by the struggle of antithetic concepts, fractions the understanding and converts the mind into a worthless instrument for the Being, for the Innermost. When the mind cannot serve as an instrument for the Innermost, then it serves as an instrument for the animal “I,” and converts the human being into a blind and torpid being, slave of passions and of the sensorial perceptions of the exterior world. The most torpid and passionate beings that exist upon the earth are precisely the great intellectual reasoners."