The why

Posted: March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized
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A colleague at work was trying to explain why he did not feel it necessary for religious leaders to explain why certain rituals and dogma are practiced to the believer of a faith. I let him know that the why, for me as a believer is paramount.

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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This morning I woke up and read an amazing article.  The article outlined how ripples found in the space time continuum prove and give light as to how the big bang happened and how the universe is inflating and at what rate it is inflating.  Based on my colleagues conversation, this type of information is superfluous, but I beg to differ this information about how the universe was formed helps answer the bigger question why was the universe formed and what is mankind’s part in this universe.  This is paramount. Our part in this universe what is it? Or our part in the world or our part on earth or our part in our family. Only through education (which is nothing more than asking answering and proving answers) can we answer these questions and live our lives with purpose.  So the why the how these are the most important parts of everything and they are the most fun right? When we quit educating ourselves. When we are not learning something new through discovery are we still alive?

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

 

Never stop asking why and how. That is where the secrets to everything are.

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

I thought long and hard about this next quote and decided to include it….

“Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

When we do not question, we run the risk of some of the human atrocities seen by Kurt Vonnegut. A veteran of the United States Army who was captured during his service in WWII Kurt Vonnegut saw the devastation caused through unquestioning faith. Today a new and foolish debate is happening between the religious and scientific community.  New is really not true this debate has been going on for centuries, but foolish is true. Religion is not science. For a believer to not engage in science or education because “he already has all the answers” is just.. well

The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false.

 St Thomas Aquinas quotes 

peace

john3c

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