Friday, September 3, 2010

The Problem with Not Believing in Anything

So everybody's favourite physcists, Stephen Hawking, has a book coming out on the 7th of September called The Grand Design in which he argues that invoking a Creator or Higher Power to explain the existence of the Universe is not necessary. Fair enough. There are plenty who believe that science alone is enough to help us make sense of it all but the implications of finally acknowledging the "death of God" as Nietzsche attempted to do are far worse than anyone can imagine.

Reading an article like this helps clarify why not believing in a Higher Power is so dangerous for humanity.

Hawking’s theory means that there is no morality as life is a merely meaningless materialistic mass – a body of matter with no definite distinctive significance and no perspicuous precious value. So, why have ethics and laws? Everyone should just go for the pursuit of pleasure, sensual self-indulgence, and do whatever he likes, including killing each other, since human life is merely a mass of matter that comes together by chance.

It seems that our acknowldgement of a Diving Creator (however imaginary it may sound), forms the very basis for order in terms of our morality and value systems. Disbelieving in God dismisses the dichotomy of good and evil - creating in one a sense of irresponsibility for harm committed against oneself and to others. Having an "anything goes" attitude is exactly what motivates some to kill and harm their fellow humans without guilt or remorse. It's an attitude that stems from refusing to believe that there is essentially a purpose to life and creation. If anything, it is for these reasons I cannot stop believing in God.

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