A handy guide for the Religeous, about how to understand the Atheist point of view.
|27/09/2011||Posted by cr0w under Outlaw Pla.net, Random Bollocks|
Image that the human race had an extremely poor grasp of the basic principles of mathematics. So bad that the most accomplished mathematicians in the world where grappling with the sum 10+10= . Imagine also that we’d just realised that a theory we’d thought was right for nearly 100 years, that 10+10 must equal 11 had been proved wrong, and that maybe the answer might be 12 or 15. Basically, that would mean that we’d be going in the right direction without actually knowing the answer precisely.
Now, to grasp how Atheists feel in the real world, Imagine back in our mathematically challenged world that there were large groups of people that not only didn’t understand why 10+10 does not equal 1, but because some old maths books they’d been given by their parents had stories of 10+10 equalling 5, because at the time there was no understanding to the contrary, they believed as an absolute truth that 10+10 did indeed equal 5. They believed it so completely, that any argument to the contrary was upsetting. Now imagine that that this belief in 10+10 equalling five was so widespread that it influenced governments and lawmakers. Imagine that millions of people had been killed in wars between people who had read other books saying that 10+10 equalled 8 or 2 or 9. Imagine that in this world if you paid the grocer with a 20 denomination note for a 5 denomination banana you would then somehow owe the grocer 15 denominations?
As crazy as it sounds, the frustration of living in that world is a daily reality for Atheists. For us you can substitute the simple addition of 10+10, with mankind’s understanding of the nature and cause of existence. All we know are what we think are some very rudimentary facts, and that our overall understanding of the subject as a species is very, very primitive. We’re even pretty sure, and humble enough to admit, that our best and most advanced theories are probably wrong. What we do know, is that the more we gain through understanding something logically and scientifically, the more we have to lose through continuing hold on our previous understanding of the subject, and how damaging that understanding was.
Luckily, our best and brightest have worked out that 10+10=20. I hope we can progress a little further than that.