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Question everything?

  1. Kyle Payne profile image60
    Kyle Payneposted 4 years ago

    I have always been a large proponent of questioning everything, and believe it is a needed exercise. I concur with Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living. What is your opinion and why?

    1. Disappearinghead profile image89
      Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It is by questioning everything that mankind progresses forwards and helps to keep the charlatans and snake oil sellers in check.

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Gotta say I find it very funny that believers in majikal beings think they question things. lol

        If what you say was true - there would be no "walks with god."

        1. Disappearinghead profile image89
          Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Really Mark? Maybe if you questioned everything you might discover majikal beings existed. Far be it from me to suggest that you just sit about waiting for proof to come to you of course.

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Odd that you think I didn't look for myself. Turns out to be garbage when you do actually question things instead of doing as you do. wink

            1. Disappearinghead profile image89
              Disappearingheadposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Odd that you give the distinct impression that you have never looked for your self, because your distain for others kind of convinces people that you haven't.

              Odd that you presume I have not questioned everything considering the posts I have made here challenging Christian dogma. smile

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Challenge the Dogma all you wish. Odd you don't challenge the existence of a Majikal realm instead, just the "interpretation," of the majik book.

                But - that requires actually questioning things instead of the interpretation of a majik book. wink

                Good luck in your new walk - there is only one conclusion to be had once you genuinely question things. wink When you understand that the majik book is nonsense, you will understand my disdain, because you cannot have questioned this.

          2. A Troubled Man profile image59
            A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Not sure if you've noticed, but Mark is one of those who does question everything, like others here, and those who do are not the ones that have discovered magikal beings. In fact, the more we ask questions, the more the answers preclude majikal beings.

            1. A Troubled Woman profile image60
              A Troubled Womanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Yep! lol

    2. Don W profile image84
      Don Wposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You can't question everything. Well actually you can, but it's not helpful. Questioning everything is a philosophical position known as scepticism. From a practical perspective, it is a hindrance and potentially fatal.

      E.g. is that really a car coming straight at me, or am I dreaming? Or perhaps I'm in a matrix style simulator cool? Or perhaps . . . splat.

      For that reason we have developed in a way that allows us to make assumptions. One of those assumptions is that if we think we're experiencing something, then we believe we are, unless we have very good reason not to.

      This has some interesting consequences. When someone experiences feeling loved, forgiven etc. and they attribute that feeling to an omnimax deity that can't be detected by scientific means, and when that belief gives solace in times of trouble, then for the person holding that belief there is neither a desire nor a reason to question it.

    3. Chris Neal profile image82
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think that we absolutely ask questions. God gave us brains, He expects us to use them!

      But there are three caveats:

      1) Many people, some of whom are frighteningly intelligent, think the maxim about the unexamined life is an invitation to narcissistic self-indulgence (this is known as about 85% of the blogoshpere.)

      2) Many people think that the maxim "question everything" means also "trust nothing," which means that although  sometimes questioning something might lead you to the conclusion that it's true, your own sense of independence and self-worth demands that you never submit to anyone or anything else, as if your stubborn independence were an unalloyed good thing in all circumstances. Which segues into...

      3) The feeling that life is all one big joke, and nothing is funnier than what "other people" (meaning mainly ones you disagree with) feel to be true. When I was a teen and twenty-something, this was true and it's true now.

      So absolutely ask questions, but don't reject the answers out of hand!

      1. Mark Knowles profile image60
        Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Gosh - you know what "many "people think then? Odd you needed to suggest that anyone who does not believe the garbage you refuse to question is "stubborn." I think you will find that believing silly superstitions is where the "stubbornness," lies. wink

        Does your self worth rest upon believing regardless?

        1. Chris Neal profile image82
          Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          wink

        2. Chris Neal profile image82
          Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          However, more directly -
          No
          No
          No
          and No.

          1. Mark Knowles profile image60
            Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            You certainly claimed so.


            Yes - you did.

            Yes.
            Certainly seems that way.

            This is why your religion causes so many conflicts. sad

            1. Chris Neal profile image82
              Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              The claim is in the eye of the beholder.
              No, I didn't. I apply that equally to all. If you think that I am only applying it to those who reject God, that is your perception, not my claim.
              No. And I've gone over that one enough times both with you and with others that by now, if I need to go over it with you again, then you're simply not paying attention.
              I believe that to you, it does seem  that way. It's not.
              Which is why your belief causes so many conflicts (sorry, kinda. Too good an opportunity!)

              1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                No - you made a claim.
                Yes - you did it is in black and white where you single out non believers.
                I am paying attention - you are being dishonest.
                Of course - it is always the other guy - never you.

                1. Chris Neal profile image82
                  Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Did you ever stop to think how often that "it is always  the other guy - never you" statement you make (it's the single most often used phrase by you that I've read) could be turned back on you?

                  Just curious.

                  1. Mark Knowles profile image60
                    Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    Yes - of course. But it is not true. It is also not a statement I make very often.

                    You are the one making the claims. Then accusing anyone who questions or disagrees as being the problem.

                    This is why your religion causes so many conflicts.

  2. ahorseback profile image48
    ahorsebackposted 4 years ago

    In reality  the only thing wrong with this is that people actually do this , at the cost of  being  stupid about it !   Conforming  isn't a bad thing . In spite of the liberal intellectual  idealism  professed to be the in thing !

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      Peelander Gallyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oh anti-intellectualism, you so funny.

  3. jacharless profile image81
    jacharlessposted 4 years ago

    "Reason is, and always to be the slave of passion" - David Hume, Treatise of Human Nature.
    Reason is bound to itself, an inescapable paradox. Left is right where right is wrong. A jumbled state of endless questions mirroring themselves as answers. Answers are left where wrong is right. Reason is the collective of knowledge within. Can you truly "question" what you know? Not really. You can Reason and convince of a solution. This is the Tres Priori { a priori, priori, posteriori }. One question begins and ends itself -and another. One answer ends itself and begins another. Duality, my friend, is Reason. And, as Hume said, is a slave of passion. It was passion that caused the divide of Understanding and is Reason that continues to believe itself and that itself is ultimate power.

    James

  4. Claire Evans profile image89
    Claire Evansposted 4 years ago

    I question everything! I am a curious person and like to find out what I can.  When it comes to God, I may wonder why He sets me on a certain path and may ask "why" but I don't question His wisdom.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image60
      Mark Knowlesposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      So - no questioning then. Far as I can tell - you already have all the answers. They are all wrong, but you still have them to comfort you in times of no nukular 'splosions. wink

  5. Kyle Payne profile image60
    Kyle Payneposted 4 years ago

    Thanks for the participation everyone. I have another question. What proof or absence of proof do you believe shows mostly that any type of transcendent being exist? Also, for those who do believe in a God, what proof do you regard as the basis of your belief in God?

    1. Chris Neal profile image82
      Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Knowing that I'm painting a target on my chest by doing this, I still have to say that, at least in my case, God reached out to me, not the other way around. I was really just about the last person who would become a Christian, because I was so not concerned with spiritual things. Although my late father was a Christian, I didn't live with him. My mother is not a Christian. But one day He made Himself known to me (and no, I never did drugs.) A lot of things that didn't make sense before do now. As for external proof (which I assume is what you're really asking about) I would point to all  the things that Christians usually point to as proof of an orderly universe and that atheists point to as proof of a random universe. Perspective has a lot to do with it.

      1. A Troubled Woman profile image60
        A Troubled Womanposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Don't be worried, Chris. Think this way - if all the people on Earth were color blind, except you, in that case could you ever prove to others how colorful our world is?

        Only you would know that truth.

        (The bullies are numbered around here. These trolls are incredible specimens of neurosis. Just ignore.)

 
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