Thursday, December 01, 2005

Food for thought



Have you ever asked a question that goes something like "Why do we do thing this way?" and the answer was "because that's how it's always been done" is that good enough for you? Are you satisfied with that answer?

Do you know why the Enter Key on your computer keyboard used to be called return? Because of the days of typewriters, that was the key to return the carriage to the beginning of a new line. The name just stuck, for years computers have had a return key that doesn't return anything.

Do you know why do you believer what you believe? Do you have evidence for this? Or do you believe it because somebody important, or someone you admire told you to believe it. Do you think that if I am a Christian I am right, but If I were a Budhist or Hindu I was wrong and therefore going to hell? Why? what do you base those beliefs in? Think about that. How do you know what you know? How do you judge what you are going to believe and what you are not?

One last thing:


rea·son
n.

1. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction. See Usage Note at because. See Usage Note at why.
2. A declaration made to explain or justify action, decision, or conviction: inquired about her reason for leaving.
3. An underlying fact or cause that provides logical sense for a premise or occurrence: There is reason to believe that the accused did not commit this crime.
4. The capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought; intelligence.
5. Good judgment; sound sense.
6. A normal mental state; sanity: He has lost his reason.
7. Logic. A premise, usually the minor premise, of an argument.



faith

1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief. See Synonyms at trust.
3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.
4. often Faith Christianity. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.
5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
6. A set of principles or beliefs.




I hope I don't get burned at the stake for this one....


Love

J.V.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your reasoning, its funny that you looked up the words, I do that too!
I wont lie to you Jose, for a while I wondered if the only reason I believed in God as we know him to be because was of our upbringing...you know western hemisphere, not knowing any differnet.
Years ago,in youth group I recented calling myself a "sheep" because it implied simply following the flock w/o any thought. I consider this to be ignorant behavior; and I may be many things, but ignorant I am not. With an open mind I dived into other cultures and their beliefs. Like you, I am not happy comdemming people to the lake of fire because they dont believe what I do. But I do have faith and conviction in Gods word. Its not just swalowing what society spoon fed us.

Natasjia said...

I like this post. Watch out: soon you'll be a long-haired raving philosopher like Kamran. =)

Ms. Teacher said...

Jose - dude - how long are you going to be chillin' in B'town?