Over at the Guardian is an editorial written by Richard Dawkins, where he discusses two British scientists who have recently criticised evolution and specifically claim that the universe is 6000 years old and that evolution violates the laws of thermodynamics.
The article is the usual Dawkins and is followed by the usual debates and comments. But the question that comes to my mind is how long do we continue to debate evolution with people who have no inclination of changing their minds, whatsoever?
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of a visit from an old friend, who I had not seen in a couple of years. He is an admitted agnostic and I am a committed atheist. But where was our disagreement? It was that he would never be willing to say that there is no god, only that it is unlikely. Why does that position seem ridiculous to me?
Because there is no god. If you truly understand that, then you begin to understand certain other things. The universe began 13 billion years ago. Life on earth began 3.7 billion years ago. So you see that arguing that the universe was made for humans 6000 years ago, is just plain daft. The fossil record and the galaxies we see were not put there by god. We are lucky to understand that.
Last night I watched United 93 with my girlfriend. A group of theists took over that flight and tried to kill other humans, in the belief that they would go to heaven and be rewarded by god. Some passengers suggested cooperation with the terrorists. Others finally worked up the courage to attack them. Why? Because they realised that they were fighting for their lives and they wanted to live. It is unfortunate that their actions did not fully succeed. But it is a metaphor for life.
You see people, there is no god. No one is in control. There are no arbiters of justice. Fairness is not a state of the universe. Life today is very much like being on a hijacked plane. I don't have as much control over my life, as my ancestors had, and to be honest, the people in charge often have theistic beliefs which motivate their behaviour.
So, how long do we debate, at the back of the plane for? How long do we let people collaborate and cooperate? Will there not ever be a time when atheists take a stand and demand to not allow other people's fictions to ruin their one and only life?
When the end comes for every single person upon this planet, you will have been given a choice. Not by god, but because the universe is so old and so big, that you have evolved and exist! Action vs inaction people. Rest on your laurels and you have no excuse when others decide for you!Go Top