Thursday, December 16, 2004


Reading some of the left today.

Yglesias said, "If I decided that Flew was right, I wouldn't start behaving differently in any way, or even need to modify my beliefs about any other subject"

Wow the sudden realization that this world was created by another being, that you cannot and will not ever understand would not change you life in any way. Funny, i think simple logic would dictate otherwise, but then again i am just a lowly blogger.

Some interesting comments....

"A being that can help and doesn't is morally repugnant, no matter your mental gymnastics."

So that would make any person morally repugnant when they do not help people by giving them food, freeing them from dictatorships, and giving people in need solid advice. Be careful what you say is morally repugnant, it might be looking you in the face.

1) existence (cosmos) has always been and will always be (is infinite for all intents and purposes in terms of duration); 2) existence emerged from non-existence, at some primal point in time, something miraculously emerged out of nothing, out of no energy or substance, which begs the question of how much we should rely on our own sense of rationalism.

To me it's obvious that #1 is the answer. We may be able to find a beginning of our own solar system, our own galaxy, our own universe, but we will never be able to discern the beginning of all that is, because there is no reason to believe there is a beginning or end of all that is.

Problem here is that most science points to the fact that there was a beginning and that there will be an end (that end might be when the Universe crashes in on itself or when everything is spread out so far that nothing of any importance can happen).



Aric said...

I personally think the idea that someone who "can help but doesn't", and is still a good person or force is fairly well portrayed in The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card.

Cubicle said...

dude i love that guy.

I have read enders game. One of the reasons i started a blog was because of that book.

I will have to put that book on the list to read.

Dave Justus said...

Worthing saga is a great book. Indeed the message is that 'helping' too much can be evil. Most parents come to learn this pretty quickly. Yeah, you can probably do your kid's homework faster and better than they can but that 'help' wouldn't be at all helpful in the long run. It always surprises me that people can grasp this, but can't get over the idea that God should always keep bad things from happening.