Where Do We Draw the Line Between Faith and Common Sense
This is a topic that I have been pondering since I cannot remember when. I think that, even if you do not want to admit it to yourself, you have too. Read on.
That is what the topic of this post will be, Faith vs Common Sense.
Let me begin by saying that I am all for faith. I have a particular faith myself, and I do trust largely in it. I trust in my faith and way of living to keep me from getting sick; if I do get sick I trust in the ways of medicine, modern and old, to make me better. I would much rather drink some wonderful flavored hot tea instead of taking those horrible cough drops, that is just me.
As our knowledge of our surroundings increased, some people, came to realize that perhaps we had been wrong about some things. Through more careful observation we discovered that the world is not actually flat and the sun does not revolve around the earth. What happened. We split into two different groups and the more powerful group started killing people off so that they could maintain the power they already had over the mindless followers that poured money into their coffers. I digress though.
If you, the reader, were to think about how the ancients thought that the world was flat you would pass it off as ignorance. How could they possibly believe that? They did in fact.
The pattern has been repeated throughout history all the way into our very own generation. Take evolution as an example. I fully believe that the ancients who fabricated the creation stories of all the world truly believed them. They had no other choice in explaining how certain things happened to their world. How were they to possibly know that the earth’s crust was made up of plates and that when the plates crashed into each other they created mountains. Did you know that? Of course you did, you took basic geography in school. They were not afforded with the opportunity.
Evolution is what I was getting at, so I will get back to that. Just like the mountain example above, how were the ancients to explain our creation? They could not do it. Since they couldn’t they came up with a story for it. Now that we have the tools at our disposal to look back at things like fossils we can make an obvious assumption that we were not created out of dirt, mud, or anything.
That is the exact same kind of nonsense that would entrust the health of a young boy to the powers of a man in the sky instead of to the powers of modern medicine. If his throat swells all the way closed do we just drop down and continue to pray harder that it will magically stop? When he dies do we just pass it off as the will on a god, that the boy is in a better place now? What better place can he be in than surrounded by those that he loves? I think that the correct answer here would be that the doctors do their doctor thing and stick him with a breathing tube before it gets that bad. If it is already that bad you let the doctor perform an emergency cricothyrotomy and rock an awesome scar for the rest of his life.
I am not saying that you should not have faith. Faith and hope is what brings people together as families, communities, and nations. It is the glue that holds us into civilization. I am just saying that we should be smart about it and use what those that we have faith in have put into our head. I am also sure that the young boy’s parents took all the correct actions as far as getting him to the care that he needed, and I know that the prayers probably won’t hurt. I was just using that as an example and jumping off point. On the flipside of that, I am positive that there are people that would let a child die while they be prayed over because they are that resolute in their faith. It wasn’t that long ago, after all, when left handed people were punished, when we burnt people at stake because of religion.
I can also assure you that there will be a follow up post, delving into this a little deeper. This is a topic that could be very intelligently and thoroughly discussed. Where do you draw the line between faith and commonsense? What is too much? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Could this be a topic that we can stick in the new forum? Keep it clean.