Friday, June 19, 2015

Because

Why does life exist?

Because.

Why does the universe exist?


Because.

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Because.

Why does evil exist?

Because.

Why can't your answers be more detailed and informative?

Because.


Do answers like that satisfy your curiosity? Do answers like that provide you with useful and productive information? Is your life improved, does humanity benefit, with answers like that?

No.

And yet millions of people accept an equally uninformative and pointless answer to many of life's biggest questions, an answer that is grounded in ignorance, an answer that discourages (indeed, prevents) further understanding. We are told to accept this answer without doubt;

God.

The universe, Earth and even ourselves exist because God. There is life because God. Good things, bad things, in fact everything happens because God. 

We have to accept this answer on faith. We cannot probe further, we cannot hope to gain more detailed knowledge than what has been written down in books regarded by believers as founts of wisdom, books that obviously lack any awareness of technology, biology, geography, physics, astronomy or hundreds of other fields of science beyond those familiar to those living in the Middle East two thousand years ago.

To be fair, there are many mysteries in the universe. Even scientists occasionally have to admit that something exists because, we just don't understand yet.

And that's the key difference between belief and the quest for knowledge, between religion and science.

Religious believers are commanded to be satisfied with because God. To question further is heresy.

The scientific quest for knowledge, on the other hand, recognizes our lack of knowledge and continues to seek understanding. No answer is absolute, our knowledge will never be perfect. Yet we continue to push on to learn more.

Don't be satisfied with because.