I just called to say I dooon’t knowPosted: June 22, 2012
On Friday morning I tweeted the following apropos of absolutely nothing.
Atheists and theists occupy equally indefensible positions that differ only in polarity. Agnostics have nothing to defend so win by default
— Obi(@LonesomeOnesome) June 22, 2012
Friday afternoon I read this on CNN regarding a longtime atheist blogger who converted to Catholicism. I find this less shocking than most because as I tried to articulate in the above tweet atheists and believers are two sides of the same coin. They share the common arrogance necessary to become devout believers and evangelists for a position that cannot be objectively substantiated and of which the only basis for is their own personal internal philosophy.
The theist says Hey there’s at least one God and the atheist says Naw men there is zero Gods. I’m not sure which position is less defensible. No one has seen God or has any proof of his existence on the other hand no probe has scanned the entire physical and metaphysical universe and confidently reported no sign of a God creature.
Imagine a few dozen people in a room, in the room is a box enclosed in a bullet proof glass structure. Naturally there is some curiosity as to the contents of the mysterious box in the room. Some guy who claims to work at a Zappos warehouse hazards a guess that its a shoe and after some deliberation he is able to acquire a number of converts. After enough time has elapsed the crowd is now divided amongst the shoeist and the a-shoeist denominations. In this scenario the lunacy of both positions is apparent since neither side observed the object as it was placed in the box, possess technology to see inside of the box or were allowed to perform any experiments that may reveal the nature of the item in the box.
The possibilities for the box are plenty a shoe being one of them. It is also possible the box is empty or that it contains a miniature version of every item in the imaginable universe including shoes. Since no one knows or has anyway of knowing the composition of the box the only position with a leg to stand on is the agnostic or “I don’t know” position.