Re: virus: Logical beliefs

Eric Boyd (
Wed, 28 May 1997 14:36:53 -0500

Reed Konsler wrote:
>> It does not, however, make belief in God "completely rational" or
>> "completely logical." It just frees one from the logical thought-prison.
> ------------------------
> Alternative perspective:
> The prison we are in is the prison of chaos, irrationality, and meaninglessness.
> It is the self-actuallizing realization of this which frees us, not from the
> boundaries of our existence...but from the false expectations arising
> from our misperceptions.

Ummm... this isn't very clear, but I think it is sort of similar to
something I've been thinking about.

Christians maintain some big deal about "original sin" and then "divine
forgivness" in the form of Jesus Christ; and I no longer buy any of it.
Humans arn't sinful by nature. /But/ -- and here's what I think is the
most important part of my developing faith[1] -- we are /imperfect/. We
make mistakes, we are ignorant, sometimes we do bad things. It is our
very imperfections that make us interesting (that's what all of
literature is about, right?) And it also provides a frame work for
development: since we have flaws, it is our obligation to try and "fix"
them. This is what you mean about by saying that (paraphrase) "our
realization of the caos, irrationality and meaningless of the world
frees us" Am I right?

[1] You guys have just completely ruined this word "faith" for me...
what in the world an I supposed to use in it's place? Belief system?
Religion? World view? Those all seem so big and important, and I'd like
the word to acknoledge that this is /just my view/... something limited
by ignorance and foolhardiness, probably filled with contradictions and
outright mistakes. Since I recgonize that "Pride" is the sin I am
commiting most in beleiving that I can do this at all, I like to
continually remind myself that "I suck!"

I've got a really good quotation that covers this better than I ever

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will
become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.
Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian
editor, poet, critic. The Necessity of Art,
ch. 5 (1959; tr. 1963)

Anyway, I'm obviously trying to infect you with my meme's...

I pledge:

My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service and
My health to better living,

for my Club, my Community, my Country and my World.