Rational VS Irrational

I tend to put the rational and irrational at opposite ends of the value spectrum. Chesterton has an interesting view of these which I would describe as placing them at the extremes of a scale. These opposite ends both have flaws when used exclusively.

He describes the rational as deductive, ordered and controlled, while describing the irrational as imaginative, creative and intuitive.  Neither is viewed as right or better than the other.

Reason can mislead and observation can be deceptive. Imagination can deceive as well. Each has a place but is best tempered by the other. Creative leaps of imagination are important, but they should be measured on the scales of reason.