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"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."

March 17, 2010

To Reason Why?

I think that too often people ask "Why?" Why is a good question to ask, but not too soon. For instance, think of yourself as a detective on a crime scene. There might be a woman who fell from her 10th story balcony to her death. This is an untimely death, however, thus far there is no evidence to suspect "foul play." There's a lot of questions that need to be answered to file your report. “Who? What? Where? When? How?” etc...
But you should never ask "why" until you have reason to believe she was murdered. The question of "Why" implies there was intent. "Why" implies a reason or purpose. Reason and purpose only exist when there is intelligence acting upon something. For everything there is a cause, but not always a purpose. Do not ask "Why" unless you're looking for an intelligent purpose to things. To ask "Why are we here?" is to imply that there is a greater purpose and that a greater intelligence acted upon our existence. This is a far reaching concept that has no evidence to validate the question. It's misleading and ultimately futile.

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