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Monday, August 20, 2007

convinced, not?!

ive been spending some good time reading the god delusion - quite interesting and engaging, especially to an occasional agnost (theist and atheist tendencies alternate) like myself.

maybe there is no god but the god idea. maybe for the weaker soul(whatever that is), at some point in the past, the god idea was a necessary evil(?). but wat abt us? are we mere descendants of the weaker soul? dawkins argues that we do not need religion to be moral, but then religion is not something we aquire -atleast most of us- we are just born into one. and wen that happens, u get so used to it so soon (before u even blink, u r a hindu a christian an islam etc), so much that you dont realize a certain flavour of morality -a set of rules nothing more nothing less- being fed to you, bit by bit, with each sermon, each story, each 'dont do that'. it needs quite some convincing that we could live without it. that we could live wihout looking behind our shoulders - coz someone's always watching isn't he? she? them? it?

for some, for most of us, and this is wer the inertia is, as long as there is a slightest question on conviction - like this self-assessment from the author : "I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there." - the question will undoubtedly remain open. and the question will keep alive the countless debates, the arguments, the bloodsheds, the works.

its an honest attempt to convert believers. does the author succeed? well, maybe maybe-not, but there is a strong case nevertheless.

there are many reasons for the maybe (go read the book) but its the maybe-not that got me thinking. is it just the inertia that stops the avalanche? what gives? and where does that unlearning(?) come from? atleast for me, that is the question i need an answer for. the other -is it a delusion?- doesnt reaaally matter. i say, wer r all the history books?


Blogger zombie said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I am an atheist but sometimes yearn to thank someone for the good happening to me (for the bad I blame myself).

Guess I will go buy it..

4:01 AM  
Blogger Lost in trance... said...

if u can consistently do that - blame yourself for the bad - theres nothing like it i think..:)

5:34 AM  

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