Are we blindly Rational?July 5, 2010
– Kamil Khan
From the date of the first printing press to the explosion of war-time technology, no doubt human race has witnessed a spike in the field of innovations and discoveries. Although that will always be considered as the golden period of science, it also worked to give man freedom from blind faith. No matter how positive this seems, we should not have ignored the reasons of the establishment of rational approach towards religions.
Most people here will attribute this to the change in attitude of the society towards religious organizations by starting to question the beliefs and ideas that had prevailed since thousands of years. Alas, this is not the real answer but only a mask. The fact is that we didn’t question at all. All that happened was that we could not find the answers to the questions raised by others regarding our faiths. The result was that we gave up following those religions completely, rather than being rational and searching for the answers. So in fact, many of us are still not out of the blind faith. We just changed sides. We moved away from the religions of our fathers to the religion of the current society, i.e. scientology. We have not behaved rationally at all. We have just covered up our laze to ponder over the facts by calling ourselves atheists, semi-athiests and scientologists and accepting a widely popular form of belief; blindly. I am not speaking about those who call themselves atheist after having done a thorough study of things. An atheist who rejects the existence of God after having studied and understood things is perfectly rational in his approach and I really appreciate his work, although he might not come to the same conclusion as I do. Difference of conclusion is not a problem with rationality. But rationality as a cover-up for laze of pondering is a big problem.
So where exactly did we go blind? Well, we were never rational in the first place. We went wrong as soon as we started believing blindly in our school text-books. We always thought that our school textbooks were right in the matters of science and history, which was no different than believing that our parents were right in matters of religion.