It’s the belief bit that is the problem - I don’t believe anything at all. I was educated as a scientist. If it is provable, then it is a fact…
I don’t know what 6 trillion divided by 7 gazillion is. But I’m not going to just pick a number and believe it. Some people are good at maths. They publish proofs, which are tested by other people. This is scientific method. The body of knowledge is built up gradually. Sometimes…it is wrong…proved wrong. And reasonable people accept the new proof.
That is the difference between accepting the truth (I won’t use the word believing) of something that can be proved, and accepting a religious statement (which can’t be proved).
How can you protect yourself from the cult of the spaghetti monster if you put your reason on ice and believe what you are told without proof?
Having said that, there are lots of things that I would like to think might be true.
I would like to think that the universe is a benevolent place, and that it cares about what happens to me, but it seems unlikely. I would love to know what is going on behind this thin backdrop that we call reality. Is there something wonderful waiting for us should we ever manage to penetrate it? Or would the meeting be more like that between my boot and that ant?
Who/What started it all off?
Is there anyone else like us in this universe?
Are there other universes?
Why does time only seem to run in one direction?
What is chance/luck/probability?
What is now?
Why does no one ask where we were before we were born instead of after we die?
There are so many words that we use and we don’t really know what they mean at all…
I don’t believe anything. I sit here and I think and I marvel at what is and I hope that one day I will know…really know why. I am prepared to wait as long as I need to, and try to avoid that boot if I can!
There is only one rule that I need to live my life, do as you would be done by.
But meanwhile I will have fun just like everyone else because I adore silly time wasting games when I should be writing…
So I tried my luck with the belief o matic that I found at Mrs Chili’s across the pond.
The belief o matic informs me that I am a 100% Unitarian Universalist (but 50% scientologist which is even more worrying on various counts). How many percentages can one girl have?
Still I am that I am…or didn’t someone already say that?
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (98%)
3. Liberal Quakers (91%)
4. Neo-Pagan (89%)
5. New Age (80%)
6. Nontheist (67%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (64%)
8. Mahayana Buddhism (56%)
9. Taoism (53%)
10. Theravada Buddhism (53%)
11. Scientology (50%)
12. New Thought (43%)
13. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (41%)
14. Hinduism (41%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (41%)
16. Jainism (38%)
17. Bahá'í Faith (30%)
18. Reform Judaism (30%)
19. Seventh Day Adventist (23%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (20%)
21. Jehovah's Witness (20%)
22. Sikhism (20%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (16%)
24. Islam (16%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (16%)
26. Roman Catholic (16%)
27. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (14%)
Is it significant that I have jewish antecedents, went to a catholic convent with conservative Christians…and these are the last three on my list?
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