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?

People have gotten used to admire the stars from the big screen, but, sadly enough, they seem to have forgotten those from the biggest screen of all. If you can't find more than enough reasons to wonder and stand rapt in awe, as Einstein impressively said, when looking at the night's sky, or even at what lies underneath it, you really have earned my contempt and pity.

Now, that I've almost worshiped the mysterious, you may think that I spend my days only contemplating the world, instead of trying to figure it out. Quite the opposite is true, as I am a great supporter of science and I think it's the only way we can get a glimpse at the world as it really is. If science can't yet explain something, then surely nothing else can. Only by knowing, you can realize how much more there is to know.

All in all, I have to say that I can't think of anything more demeaning to intelligence than the belief in supernatural and that true civilization begins where religion ends. So I think we are yet to deserve one "Sapiens" in our species' name, let alone two of them.

Radu Andreiu

March 13, 2010

http://atheos-agnostos.blogspot.com/

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