I’m finding fewer and fewer of you I can deal with. I want to like you, I really do. Many of you are very caring and generous and I feel better being around such people.
However, I also find that many of you are stupid, and I’m finding it increasingly difficult to look past this. In fact, I actually wish for the Rapture to happen (looking past the fact that there isn’t any real biblical basis for it and the problems with who would be taken) just so I don’t have to deal with any of you people anymore. I honestly believe the world would be better off with you not on it; leaving us unbelievers behind to create the world we have always wanted. It would be, for lack of a better term, a “heaven on earth” with you gone.
The reason I feel the way I do is the way you deal with contradictory evidence. Most people, even religious, deal with contradictory evidence in the same fashion; it causes them to question the beliefs they hold and try to find the actual truth. Sometimes you change your initial belief, sometimes you do not. For instance, I saw the “Loose Change” 9/11 Trufers (that’s what I call them) video when it first came out. I thought there may have been something to some of their theories, so I looked into them. I found them to be completely debunked within minutes. Were the evidence better I would have had to change my mind since I consider myself to be a rational person, as I’m sure many religious people consider themselves to be as well.
However, when the religious person deals with contradictory evidence regarding their cherished religious beliefs the whole system breaks down. No longer is the truth important; more important is that the beliefs stay intact. While a rational person could either confirm or reject his/her initial belief the same is not true of the religious. These people somehow twist reality to the extent that many times the contradictory evidence actually strengthens their initial beliefs so much that they become irrefutable!
Part of the problem has to do with a particular person’s tolerance of evidence. My tolerance is very high, meaning it has to be very well supported and logical for me to accept it as truth. The tolerance of evidence regarding personal religious beliefs tends to be quite low (to nonexistant) among the hardcore religious. This is unacceptable for humanity to continue to progress. Just because your pastor said it does not mean it’s correct. Just because Glen Beck said it does not mean it’s correct. Just because Keith Olbermann said it does not mean it’s correct!
Take this day to learn about your world. Read primary sources, talk to experts, try to find faults in your logic (and accept and change them when you find them!), and never be afraid to consider the fact that you may be wrong. Don’t worry, it’s really not all that scary. It’s a cliche I know, but the truth really will set you free.
Now go out there and have a fantastic Darwin Day everyone!