On doubt

The most dangerous capacity humans possess is the power to convince ourselves we’re in the right.

Most of what most people have believed throughout most of human history has been wrong. A great deal of what most people believe now is wrong. These are not difficult statements to swallow. But get your mind around this: some of your own beliefs are wrong. Bound to be. Which ones? Pick three things it would kill you to be mistaken about, and imagine for a moment that you’re flat-out wrong on all of them. What’s best for your children. The morality of the hardest choice you ever made. Whether God exists.

Someone out there disagrees with you on all these things. It might be me. Suppose it is. Suppose I’m right. What should I do about it?

From David Larsen’s review of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion (from the NZ Listener a few years ago). It’s well worth the few minutes it will take you to read the whole thing.


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