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Thursday, March 23, 2006

One Thing Straight, Part One

Let's get one thing straight. If you don't believe in the boogeyman, then no amount of evidence -- be it circumstantial, photographic, videographic, theoretical, etc. -- will convince you of its existence. For example, even if you go to sleep at night and hear rattling in the closet, and then go to that closet and open the door and see a ghostly being inside with a "I'm the boogeyman" t-shirt on, and then are told "boo!" by that being, you will still not believe in the boogeyman. Even after you reach the point where it's simpler to believe in the boogeyman than to attribute the thing in the closet to special effects, you still won't believe.

Similarly, if you don't believe in universal and objective moral values, you won't be convinced of their existence no matter what happens. Unbelief, just like belief, is a matter of faith. We have put our faith in the non-existence of universal morals, just like we've put our faith in the non-existence of the boogeyman. Is this a good idea? Well, who am I to say, right?

People come to a position for whatever reason they do, and they hold onto that position for as long as it takes them to be convinced otherwise. This is called logic and reason. However, when one's core beliefs -- the ones that can't be shaken -- supercede logic and reason, we have a problem. It's called sucking, and people do it every day, on every issue imaginable. Everything takes an abominable amount of time to sort through -- you ever tried to examine the fossil record to see if it really supports or condemns the theory of evolution? Yikes, that's a lot of material to read over, much less actually do yourself. No wonder we either a) defer to whomever (we are inclined to agree with) that declares themselves an authority; or, b) throw our hands up and say "It's all relative -- now bring on what I want!" Either way, we've embraced dogma or relativism for reasons that have nothing to do with logic.

In other words, we have given up our belief in universal moral values for the same reason we had them in the first place -- somebody in authority told us to, and we were inclined to believe them. We've traded the universal morals for the universal immorals. We have faith in our lack of faith.

Now, not everyone has given these unversal moral beliefs up. There are still some throwbacks who try to discover what the universal values are. We can all agree on a subject like Hitler, but when it comes to gay marriage, it's not immediately clear which side of the fence we should jump to. To be fair, this is where religion comes into play most of the time -- making decisions like these. So the most important thing is choosing the correct God, the one that lines up with the unversal moral values. The one that created the universal moral values. The one who fulfilled them. The one who has demonstrated himself to be real and still alive, even after death.

I love you all.



  • At 4:44 PM, Anonymous millertimefan said…

    Was this motivated by my attempt to convince some they weren't the fans / antifans they made themselves out to be??

  • At 7:59 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    Ha! No, it was motivated by a bunch of different stories I read today. But that's an application, sure.

  • At 9:33 AM, Blogger Lord Bif said…

    See, now i don't know what to think. I personally don't believe in blogs, so I am not sure if I ever read this post, or if I even really replied to it.

  • At 10:24 AM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    Clearly, it's not there. Whatever you do, don't worry about it.

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    You must have had a rough day. This is not your usual writing from what I've seen. You started a point, but you never truly brought any proof to back up your point. And I don't know if I would want to read your Part two because you might go off on me for pointing this out. If we haven't met, I'm the Master of the Obvious.

  • At 8:40 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    Yeah, I was just throwing this out there to get people thinking. I don't know that I backed my point up at all, or really tried to. I was just presenting some things that I think are true, just because I thought somebody needed to say them on that day.


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