I'll gladly admit it: there are several things in our world that are a mystery to me. I don't understand women all too well; why they keep returning to the same assholes is perhaps something we should study, rather than the origins of the universe, which are also beyond my metaphorical line of sight. Likewise, humans know nothing in comparison to what there is to know. Yet so many of us claim to know the world to its tiniest details.
So I recently watched a "debate" between the science guy Bill Nye and the moron Ken Ham. I know, it is not very nice to call someone a moron; nor is it how to beat them. It's in most cases arrogant, as it implies that you know everything and the person called a moron knows nothing. But seriously... Ken Ham. The stupidity starts with his ridiculous name, and then continues with his, "You cannot say evolution is true because you weren't there, but I have this book called the Bible, so I can say creationism is true." Such a thin argument. So, so thin, yet countless people buy it, on faith.
This perplexes me; I do not get it; it is another one of life's great mysteries. To believe in the Noah story, as a literal truth? To believe a man, his three sons, and also their wives built this awesome boat and then loaded up all animals on it? Do so many animals really fit on the boat? And wouldn't it have taken years to gather them? Well, Noah was five hundred when he built the ark, so I suppose he could've taken a few years to collect all the animals.
Many persons are delusional, in thinking they know the absolute truth of the world. Not only Christians do this; plenty of others do it, and it usually does not end well. Like, Hitler believed Jews were evil or whatever. No idea why. This sorta thinking, that we know everything there is to know, is dangerous and hinders progress in social and scientific issues. I'm sure there are scientists who do this, as well, but they're likely the creationists, to be honest.
A large part of what science is about isn't to clearly see the truth of the world in a neat package, but to end all preconceived notions and ideas. People of science are, after all, just people; they will have preconceived ideas, like everyone. For the longest time, I believed Pokémon was Swedish. I was like six at the time, but the point is that what we believe is true is not necessarily true. Yeah, they spoke Swedish in Pokémon, so obviously it was Swedish. But wait! They translated it? Oh, that makes sense.
Whether it's science, faith, or social issues (such as homosexuality), we must realize what we hold as truth may not be true. The religions we have today are all so ridiculous and immoral they could not possibly be true. Well, being immoral doesn't make it false, but it means we shouldn't worship a god that drowns innocents and punishes "fags". However, we should not just laugh off all religions, as though to say they couldn't possibly be true. We must go where the evidence leads us, which is away from God. Thank God for that, right? BUT! There are gaps we've yet to fill in. To blatantly say there is no god is similar to a creationist saying they don't believe in evolution. The difference is that not believing in evolution is a lot dumber, since the scientific theory of evolution has a lot of supporting evidence. But what caused the Big Bang? How did life come to be? Nobody really knows. Perhaps a deity was behind it, or perhaps not. There is no reason to make up one's mind just yet. Most atheists are six out of seven on Dawkins spectrum of theistic probability, meaning we believe it's very unlikely a god exists, but until there's evidence to corroborate the nonexistence, let's just be skeptical. That's how it should be.
There are two scraps of wisdom I'd like to get across with this blog entry. First of all, can't we come up with an alternative to the word "believe"? Because you don't believe in science; you know in it, or at least you can be more certain than mere blind faith. Second, if anything, please know this: What matters is not what we believe, but the truth; to have faith in faith is like believing the description by a blind person of a lovely, sophisticated painting. It's just not sensible.