Archive for October, 2010

Plato is Dear to Me

October 5, 2010

There is but one intellectually honest position; doubt everything. Even when subject to paradoxical and stupid criticism (can one doubt doubting everything?) our trusty incredulity holds true, for the answer to the above mentioned sophomoric caveat is yes. There exists for every human being the potential for an overwhelming transcendent experience. The most strident and radical atheist can come to accept the Christian bible as the literal word of god and surrender himself utterly and completely to a pious life in servitude. Those of us made not to believe, where our incredulity is a product of our marrow, accept the real possibility that we might feel different tomorrow. The faithful by definition cannot acknowledge the conditions necessarily for a transformation, even if some will come to abandon their faith in the future.

Even those possessing a vague faith, where God is defined as “love” or the human capacity for goodness (or something of that ilk) deny themselves (or are denied by the nature of their marrow) the opportunity for true open mindedness. For what position other than radical doubt affords a person the chance to immediately abandon a concept when a better one presents itself? To let go, without any pains or sense of loss, when the truth is laid bare is easiest for those who doubt: Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is the truth.

The religious deniers position (I shall forgo using the term atheist, for being loaded and largely misunderstood) is often characterized as being both close minded and arrogant. I ask you, dear reader, to name a position less arrogant, less self assured, less presumptuous, and more honest than: I don’t know.

The religious, those that possess a faith (even if only “for themselves”) are both dishonest and arrogant. Dishonest for not accepting doubt into their worldview and arrogant for assuming they are correct. For insisting that “true for me” holds water for no other reason than they think it. The fact that the world does not let out a collective groan at such notions is a shame, if expected.

Science begins with doubt. Atheism is a product of doubt. It is for those simple reasons that no one may call science a kind of faith or atheism a religion.

Robin Lindsay



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