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Humility – You, Too, May Benefit From a Dose

02 July 2013, 07:21

I especially beg... and I mean... in shouty-capitals - BEG THEISTS TO READ THIS - at the very least, it may help us argue less into the future:

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I used to think I was fairly intelligent - that my intellect could stand up to the best out there; That, if I put my mind to it, I could be as good as the best... I could be a physicist, or biologist, etc... Maybe among the best of them.

I'd argue as passionately as you do - saying - "Yeah... that's all made up" or "It's a conspiracy... I/we know better". Believe it or not - I said all the thing s you say.

And then I started to read - to really dig into how they know the size of the cosmos, speed of light, nature of atoms and energy; the function of cells and how we know they evolved... not just the fact they did... but how we know it's a fact...etc.

And the more I dug - the more I was humbled. Not humbled in a grievous way - but humbled in awe; real awe for people who are on another plain. I admitted to myself the gulf between ordinary me and extraordinary 'them'... not because of what they found, but because of how they found it.

> I'll say that again... not because of what they found, but because of how they found it.

The angles and aspects and detail they studied that I could barely understand even when it was explained to me over and over. And then the critical aspects of those angles slowly became clear to me as I pushed on and studied the many of the other branches of science that make up the 'whole'. It was like that puzzle piece that puzzled me, until suddenly the natural fit for it just crystallized when the full spectrum of the scientific picture was increasingly filled in.

So – I’m not calling for the type of ‘humility’ creationists pretend at, when, without any hint of irony, their very next sentence claims that we, well evolved intelligent taxonomical apes as we may be, are the entire purpose and focus for a 13,87-billion year old universe, 46-billion light years in any direction.

No. I’m suggesting the real humility of listening to the people who understand the fundamentals of reality, before talking in ‘absolutes’ about the things you merely feel or hope for (another way of the emotions of having faith or belief).

All I want of you is to realize that; intelligent as you may be - the fact that you're "here, arguing"; means you're not "there, doing".

And – granted; I am here arguing too... yes.... but I am not here arguing against the finest minds and challenging them... I am here arguing against the arrogance of ignorance and championing education - there's a gulf of difference.

To champion, I only have needed to have been humbled by greater minds than myself - to challenge means you do not begin to realize how little you know.  It means you are still arrogant, and arrogant only because you are relatively ignorant.

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