Writer’s Note: I am so excited that I have been experimenting with diverse genres lately. This piece will certainly catch you by surprise. I’ve written a play to illustrate the conflict between knowing what is morally right versus choosing whether to act on such knowledge. I hope you enjoy this quirky, yet meaningful, short play. -Naima
Emotion versus Logic
Emotion: Oh my goodness, hey! How are you? I’ve missed you so much! It’s been a while since we last met.
Logic: Indeed it has been. We’ve been apart for quite some time, but it’s vital that we reconvene. I’m doing swell, how about yourself?
Logic takes a seat in the interrogation room, as emotion paces about with excitement.
Emotion: Oh, don’t worry about me! I’m so excited to see you, but I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous. I feel I might explode!
Logic: Well, why don’t you have a seat and we’ll talk things out.
Emotion: Alright, fine. Whatever you say. You are the better decision-maker.
Logic: So, Emotion, tell me what’s on your mind.
Emotion: Well, I can’t seem to build a healthy distance between myself and cultural expectations. I want my values to be the core of who I am, but at the same time, I just really want to fit in.
Emotion’s face turns red as he rests his arms on the table and slouches.
Logic: Emotion, you’re right. It’s important to feel a sense of belonging amongst our friends and family. But you have to ask yourself if fitting in is worth sacrificing your values.
Emotion: Yes! I just want my friends to accept me. If I just give in to all my wishes, don’t you think I would be happier?
Logic: Emotion, you might experience a temporary boost in overall happiness. But you must consider the long-term. Which do you value more, your values, which are the very core of who you are, or your appearance?
Emotion: Ugh! I just want to look and feel… well, beautiful, and confident… ooh! And smart! Eh, whatever, scratch the last one. I’ll never be that.
Logic breathes deeply and adjusts his neck-tie.
Logic: Giving in to the pressure will only create more room for more… well, pressure. It is crucial that we don’t lose ourselves in the temptation to please others.
Emotion: Well, duh. But if other people accept me, then we won’t have to worry about this whole “belonging” thing.
Emotion crosses his arms defensively and rolls his eyes. Logic continues to listen patiently.
Logic: Emotion, before you worry about anyone else accepting you, you need to accept yourself.
Emotion: Alright, Logic, how many more clichés you got? I’ve seen all this self-love crap on Instagram.
Logic: Emotion. Listen to me. You are so much more than what you look like. Well… um, tell me, what sparks your interest?
Emotion bites his nails as Logic speaks. Emotion looks up at Logic abruptly and is taken aback by the direct appeal.
Emotion: Umm… I guess I really like cars. Oh, hey! You know what I really want? A deep blue, Acura TLX.
Logic: Don’t get carried away now. Think about this. The exterior of a car doesn’t mean a thing unless the vehicle functions properly and serves a purpose.
Emotion: So what’s your point?
Logic: Emotion, you are so much more than your exterior. You are a walking set of values, a unique individual who has so much to offer to this world.
Emotion: Logic, you’re right. I think I just need some time to distance myself from temptation.
Logic and Emotion rise from their seats and embrace each other. The two figures blend into a single being.