I became an agnostic atheist when I embraced the power of reason and, more important, the power of nature in its astonishing complexity. If there is something I really believe in, it's that the world is too mysterious and complex for a mind as primitive as our own to fully understand. No supernatural explanation can ever be as beautiful and refreshing as the natural one.
Frater Ravus once said: "Faith does not give you the answers; it just stops you asking the questions.". If that's true, than faith has no place in my mind, as I can't thing of anything as thrilling as asking myself questions I know I can't yet answer. Letting my imagination run free and thinking about some of the possible answers to life's riddles is an experience I would never trade for the comfort of believing I already have these answers. Needless to say, though, that belief and the lack of it are not something we can choose to have, but they are merely the product of our understanding of reality. You may want to believe you are rich, assuming your not, but does that make you really believe it?
March 13, 2010