“For the modern world will accept no dogmas upon any authority, but it will accept any dogmas on no authority. Say that a thing is so, according to the Pope or Bible, and it will be dismissed as a superstition without examination. But preface your remark merely with “they say” or, “don’t you know that?” or try (and fail) to remember the name of some professor mentioned in some newspaper; and the keen rationalism of the modern mind will accept every word you say.” -G.K Chesterton in the Superstition of Divorce
Welcome to the 21st century. We care little about truth. We have tons of information but the depth of our understanding goes as deep as a minnow in a baby bath. As I go about my daily life talking with people I find that Chesterton had accurately predicted the future by describing his day. People I talk to accept almost anything as long as you quote some person or another.
And I must correct myself for doing the same thing. I heard from someone or read from somewhere that our eyes are the same size our whole life. That they don’t grow. And now I must recant that. It’s false. As I stare my son in the eyes I can say that I don’t know why I repeated such obvious lies. But, because someone said it and I thought it may be true, I repeated it.
Harmless on some accounts, but devastating on others.
Take for example Christians who many would label “fundamentalists.” These are typically your Christian who believes the Bible and everything in it, and won’t budge on what they think the Bible says. Now this is obviously not good because their interpretation of passages may be bad, really bad. But, I have no qualms with them believing everything in the Bible. Because I most certainly do. Which would make me a fundamentalist to many people, which I’m fine with.
However, there are many secular fundamentalists who blindly believe evolution is true without actually studying it for themselves. They do exactly what they complain of fundamentalist Christians of doing: “brainwashing.” The only difference is that the Christian does it Sunday morning usually, along with lessons on how to behave in society, while the secular fundamentalist does it in the “educational system.
“But we’re talking facts,” says the secular fundamentalist. Yea, right. Because we were there when the big shibang happened, and we can scientifically verify it… Wait. Just kidding. No one was there and no it can’t be scientifically verified. Why? Because that is outside the scope of Science. When you study facts and interpret the fact backwards into history, you get, Historical Interpretation.
For the sake of clarity I will briefly summarize: Just because someone said it doesn’t make it true. And more specifically, just because it’s been repeated for a hundred years doesn’t make it any more true or viable.
We have brains for a reason. And most “facts” need to be reconsidered.