extremely detrimental to human life.” – Ayn Rand
agnostic is an atheist who shrinks from the intellectual task of proving that
God or Allah as deities do not exist and never have existed. God did not “die.”
He simply never was. The task is both a simple and a difficult one. The absence
of God’s meddling into man’s affairs does not constitute proof of God’s
non-existence in human affairs or in temporal matters, such as in science. This
was the frequent position taken by our country’s Founders, most notably by
Thomas Jefferson. One can’t “prove” the non-existence of something that isn’t
there and never was here or anywhere. Deists believed that God the Creator of
man and the universe retreated from human affairs, and then left the scene to
reside for eternity shielded from human sight on his throne somewhere behind
the Crab Nebula.
purported existence is analogous to a child’s believing in the tooth fairy. The
child falls asleep after losing a tooth, and is assured by a parent that if she
is a good girl and goes to sleep, in the morning when she wakes up she will find
a tooth, or a candy, or a silver dollar under her pillow. The parent will not
divulge that she will be the “miracle
worker.” I was often subjected to this species of duplicitous folderol. I suspected
it was duplicity, and resented it, but as a child I did not have enough
knowledge to contest it.
this has been and continues to be the epistemological and metaphysical state of
mind of adults. Most atheists fail to convince believers of the non-existence
of a “supreme being.” Although dedicated atheists, agnostics, and other doubters,
such as Robert
Ingersoll, and for a time Mark
Twain, together with a host of contemporary atheists, argued often persuasively
against the organized churches of virtually every denomination, highlighting
their hypocrisies, persecutions, crimes, and lapses, but they were invariably confronted and stymied by some form
of the “I just feel that God exists and so it is true” argument, and so they ultimately
failed to burst the fanciful bubble of a “First Cause” (a.k.a. the “Big Bang”
hypothesis) because they neglected to point out the primacy of existence. With
the believers, they took existence for granted, except that the reality they
perceived was not an extraneous, subjective phenomenon, as it was to the
believers. They did not know how to refute or answer an argument from feeling
or from the argument from innate knowledge. They could not grasp how much believers
were in denial of existence and closed to reason.
a discussion of the primacy of existence, see Ayn Rand.
basic metaphysical issue that lies at the root of any system of philosophy
[is] the primacy of existence or the primacy of consciousness.
existence (of reality) is the axiom that existence exists, i.e., that the
universe exists independent of consciousness (of any consciousness),
that things are what they are, that they possess a specific nature, an identity.
The epistemological corollary is the axiom that consciousness is the faculty of
perceiving that which exists—and that man gains knowledge of reality by looking
outward. The rejection of these axioms represents a reversal: the primacy of
consciousness—the notion that the universe has no independent existence, that
it is the product of a consciousness (either human or divine or both). The
epistemological corollary is the notion that man gains knowledge of reality by
looking inward (either at his own consciousness or at the revelations it
receives from another, superior consciousness).
my observations, believers of all types – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. – do not
even bother to “look inward” in search of the “truth.” They simply accept the
existence of God as received wisdom not to be questioned. They’ve believed it
for most of their adult lives and largely cannot or will not allow their faith
to be shaken.
argument for God and every attribute ascribed to Him rests on a false
metaphysical premise. None can survive for a moment on a correct metaphysics.. .
is a primary: it is uncreated, indestructible, eternal. So if you are to
postulate something beyond existence—some supernatural realm—you must do it by
openly denying reason, dispensing with definitions, proofs, arguments, and
saying flatly, “To Hell with argument, I have faith.” That, of course, is a
willful rejection of reason.
exists—and the act of grasping that statement implies two corollary axioms:
that something exists which one perceives and that one exists possessing
consciousness, consciousness being the faculty of perceiving that which exists.
exists, there can be no consciousness: a consciousness with nothing to be
conscious of is a contradiction in terms. A consciousness conscious of nothing
but itself is a contradiction in terms: before it could identify itself as
consciousness, it had to be conscious of something.
you claim to perceive does not exist, what you possess is not consciousness.
has a tenacious hold on
believer will have this thought.
your consciousness in the face of the evidence of your
senses and in defiance of reason, we can say that you are claiming “fake news.”
It is, as a CNN reporter said of the network’s obsessing over President Trump’s
alleged Russian connections, a big “nothing
burger,” a multi-millennia old “nothing burger,” responsible over eons for
incalculable lives lost or lives lived in misery and in vain and trapped in fathomless
troughs of hope and wishes, all vacuums of unrealizable fantasies.
Counsel Robert Mueller) have faith
that Trump committed a crime, so they are in search of one; it doesn’t even
have to have anything to do with Russia. Their hatred of Trump is an
all-consuming kind of religion, and they will not let it go. Other than Islam, Trumpaphobia
is the only other faith I know of that is based on sheer, naked, unadulterated
malice for the man and his policies, a hatred of the good for being the good.
pursuit of their own unrealizable fantasies.they adhere to a creed that
does not even have a dogma. They all believe in “what ain’t