I wrote about this just a few weeks ago, but I’m doing it again because . . . well, some folks just can’t shut up and get on with their lives!
I pulled into the parking lot of a local convenience store (Wawa) about 10 AM this morning. As I exited my car, three people were really going at one and other.
Apparently, a man and woman had been handing out religious literature. The second man, was taking a big-time exception to the fact. And yes, he was clearly being a jackass about it.
He should have quietly refused the material and gone on his way, but no, he was intent on proving his point: all religion should be outlawed!
But, he did have a point relative to creation; what he lacked was seemingly a 3-digit IQ.
Whenever people ask me if I believe in evolution, my answer is always the same: a clear-cut—but firm—NO, I don’t.
Let me be crystal clear about it. Evolution has never been a matter of faith for me; I’ve always accepted it as scientific reality.
I just don’t make it about God; nor have I EVER done so! I learned ages ago that, whenever we make it about God, evolution becomes a testy, often hateful religious hissy fit.
People are free to BELIEVE whatever they want, but in the legitimate scientific world, “fact” can only mean confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.
And when personal beliefs deny what has been shown to be objectively true about the world, then those beliefs are more accurately called personal delusions.
And PLEASE note that I’m not including the existence or non-existence of God as personal delusions. Science has NEVER proven that there’s no God; nor has it ever proven that there IS one, either.
HINT: It’s impossible to do . . . EITHER WAY!
Simply put, our personal beliefs do not trump what science has already shown to be realistically true, whether we like it or not.
There is not even the thinnest of threads of verifiable evidence to support anything other than we’re just an advanced breed of chimps living on a minor planet revolving around an average star.
This doesn’t mean that we’re not something special; I, for one, most certainly believe that we are!
But what makes us special is the fact that we can understand the universe, although some folks can understand it to a greater extent than others.
This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist; it just means that it’s possible for the way it all began (from the BIG BANG forward) to be explained by the laws of science.
It’s not proof that God doesn’t exist, only that His intervention wasn’t necessary for the process to have occurred.
Humans are easily bored, and this is during any given HOUR of the day. What in the hell are we going to do with an ETERNITY?
Chill, folks. Sit back; take a deep breath and a nice long inhale of wacky-tobacky (or whatever relaxes you) and think about it.
We’re each going to die at some point, and when we do, we’ll simply cease to exist. It will be peaceful, no trauma at all; we won’t even know that we’ve died. Nor will we have any idea that we ever existed. It will be as it was before we were born.
Now, if you want to talk about the transition, that’s a different story, and quite frankly it scares the hell out of me.