Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Atheist is right about something, but.....

...fails to look in the mirror.

I recently came across this quote from Bertrand Russsel.

“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.”

I guess that's why the evolution myth has been so successful. For if there is no creator, there is no lawgiver (hence any ideas about sin are purely subjective) or judge, so we can do as we please.

The idea that we came from the particles of the big bang (wherever that came from) by unguided processes and that we are returning into the meaningless nothingness from which we came is very comforting to those whose gods are autonomy and hedonism. The idea that we are not accountable to a higher power is very appealing.

I'd love to believe that comforting myth, but I know too much.

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